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2016 Espion

90 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast 

Intense nose. Violet, black cherry, dark chocolate and espresso. Very structured. Bottle age will be rewarded.

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Vineyard Notes

Sentinel Oak, Clos Du Lac

Winemaker Notes

The Syrah portion of this wine was harvested in early September. On the crush pad the grapes were hand sorted, destemmed, half was crushed and half was allowed to remain whole berry. Once in tank the must was cold soaked for 5 days. After the cold soak the must was inoculated with a blend of Saccharomyces and Non Saccharomyces yeast. For the first 4 days of fermentation the tank received 3-4 punch-downs per day. Once fermentation got cranking the lot received 2 pumpovers every day and a delstage every other day. At completion of primary fermentation the lot was sealed up and had extended maceration for an additional 10 days. After the extended maceration was completed the lot was pressed off, settled for 24 hours and then racked to barrel. The Petite Sirah was harvest late August, on the crush pad is was destemmed and crushed and sent to tank. Once in tank the must received 3-4 punch-downs per day. Onc fermentation was cranking the must received a morning and evening pumpover and a mid day punch-down. Every third day the lot had a delestage performed. After 11 days in tank, the must was pressed off, settled and sent to barrel.

Pairings

Bone-in Ribeye with Sweet Toasted Garlic Mustard Mushrooms

Ratings

This flavorful and well-polished blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah balances lively concentrated fruit flavors against moderate tannins. Black cherry, black currant and hints of dark chocolate make it delicious, while the firm texture should help it improve with age. Best from 2023.
JIM GORDON, Wine Enthusiast 9/1/2019
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Bold Red Wine
Varietal Composition 67% Syrah 33% Petite Sirah
Appellation Sierra Foothills
Harvest Date Clos Du Lac Petite Sirah 8/25/16, Sentinel Oak Syrah 9/7/16
Barrel Aging 44% Neutral French Oak 44% New French Oak 12% New American Oak
Ageability 10-15 years
Tannin High
Alcohol % 15.2%
Size 750 ml