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Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2015

This is the first vintage of Obsidian Vineyard Syrah under our new ownership and management of the vineyard as our estate property, and it is a showstopper of a wine. With increased focus on the highest-quality vineyard practices, the wine is showing even more exciting qualities than ever before: the hedonism of the 2013 vintage with the refinement of the 2014 vintage.

The overarching theme of 2015 was low fruit-set, bringing yields down across most of our vineyards. At Obsidian, where yields are already low, they were especially low – roughly one ton per acre. This translated into a very intensely flavored and concentrated Obsidian Syrah, with its trademark notes of chocolate ganache, black currants, fig, and graphite and an expansive mouthfeel.


Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2015

Description

Description

Origin Grape

100% Syrah

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

Our estate vineyard — the six-acre Obsidian Vineyard in the Knights Valley AVA — has an incredibly complex soil structure. It takes its name from a layer of volcanic obsidian rock that was discovered when we drilled for water.

Vinification Vinification

For this vintage of the Obsidian Vineyard Syrah, we used native yeast/native ML fermentation (with 20% whole-cluster in 2014), and 22 months of [simple_tooltip content=”French term for the progression of wine from fermentation to bottling. Similar to the English term upbringing.”]élevage[/simple_tooltip] in 40% new oak.

 Production

14.8% ABV • 449 cases

Best Drank By Drink By

6 to 20 years

Palate Aroma & Palate

Chocolate ganache, black currants, fig, graphite, and an expansive mouthfeel.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

Bone-in Rib Eye, Venison, BBQ Pork
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