The 2012 Darien Vineyard Syrah takes some time to open up, but is well worth the wait. This wine is dark in color and opens with aromas of wild berries and spice. Vibrant and rich boysenberry and plum flavors explode on the palate with hints of earth and spice. The texture of this wine is rich and coating, and its seductive quality is enhanced by the structure and flavors derived from the French oak. The polished tannins add a thickness and density from start to finish.
Huichica soil series sample from Darien Vineyard
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
2000 and 2001
Syrah clones 7 and 877 on the 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This vineyard is composed of loam derived from the Huichica soils series, which provide moderately well-drained alluvial soils that are developed from mixed sedimentary, volcanic ash and basic rock sources.
Tucked into the gently rolling hills of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Darien Vineyard enjoys a moderate climate and well-drained, loamy soils. The Syrah vines were planted in 2000 and 2001, and benefit from cool, foggy mornings that give way to warm afternoon sun from the southeast, allowing the exposed fruit to ripen evenly. The clusters tend to be fairly long in size and tightly packed. There are two different clones planted in the vineyard, each contributing its own unique flavors to the wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from three-and-three-quarter acres of the 25-acre vineyard.
October 6, 2012
17 months in French oak
An ideal 2012 growing season with warm days and cool, foggy nights offered the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. There were no heat spikes this year, so flavor development was at its peak. We pulled leaves around the fruit early to give adequate exposure and to acclimate the clusters to the warm summer sun. Bloom and veraison occurred 10 days ahead of last year and we adjusted the crop to ensure we had the best quality fruit. This vineyard was night harvested in early October, allowing the fragile, cold fruit to arrive at the winery in perfect condition.