Powerful and intense, the 2014 Darien Syrah seduces with its earthy aromatics. Captivating flavors of fresh picked wild berries and crisp plum unfold on the palate alongside wet earth, cigar, toasted nuts, and forest floor. Rich flavor with supple tannins make this wine approachable upon release.
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 24, 2014
16 months in French oak
2014 was a beautiful growing season in the Russian River Valley with a favorable spring that led to an early budbreak and bloom. The vineyards canopies were healthy and clusters were full of fruit. Leaves were pulled in the fruiting zone to balance sun and shared exposure on the fruit. The season progressed similarly to last year with few spikes in heat. This vineyard was night harvested in late September, and the delicate fruit was optically sorted to remove any small, under ripe berries that were hidden within the clusters.