Syrah is naturally dark in color, and the 2013 Darien Vineyard Syrah is ink in the glass. This wine opens with wild berries and spice aromas. Juicy plum, boysenberry, leather and anise are rich on the palate, melding with understated meat and char notes. The velvety texture and the balanced acidity support the fruit flavors through the long 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.
September 30, 2013
17 months in French oak
The growing season this year began 10 days ahead of last year, with bloom occurring mid-May and veraison in late July. Moderate weather during bloom produced a larger crop, which we adjusted later in the season. Cool, foggy mornings and sunny, warm afternoons over the summer allowed the fruit to ripen evenly, leading to a night-harvest in late September.