2014 The Nth Degree Syrah
This Syrah has rich aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla bean with hints of ripe bing cherry, rose petals and crushed violets. Firm yet soft tannins complement the ripe fruit character and toasted oak, yielding a beautifully layered, full-bodied wine with a long, lingering finish.
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The Nth Degree Syrah is sourced exclusively from select blocks of our estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay AVA. With the Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation, well-drained rocky soils, and unique micro-climates, our sustainably farmed vineyards are located in the most desirable hillside settings with exposures ideal for growing Syrah of distinct character, depth and intensity.
Select blocks of these premier estate vineyards are selected for The Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite blocks receive the utmost care and attention. They are farmed to the “Nth Degree”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The water is managed so that the vines are perfectly balanced with the correct amount of growth to fully ripen the berries for the optimal level of flavor. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and hand sorted and crushed into small
stainless steel fermenters.
Each varietal was fermented separately in small stainless steel fermenters and pumped over three times daily to maximize extraction of flavors and colors.
The wine was aged for 17 months in 60% new French oak and 40% second and third use French and Hungarian oak barrels.