2014 Syrah Las Madres
Las Madres Vineyard, Carneros AVA
Las Madres Vineyard
Located on a Carneros region hillside, Las Madres Vineyard produces a distinctive Syrah with lovely characteristics of the varietal. Planted with a combination of 300 and 174 clones on hillside slopes, the grapes receive plenty of hang time to develop classic, intense Syrah flavors. The 300 block provides a strong core of forward fruit while the 174 block yields more structured, earthy components. Jazz Cellars’ Las Madres Syrah consists of 50% fruit from each of these two blocks for greater complexity in the finished wine.
Both blocks (300 and 174 clones) were harvested on September 22, and spent 4 days in cold soak prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of 20% new French oak and 75% neutral oak barrels. The wine spent a total of 21 months of barrel aging prior to bottling in March 2016.
A superb Syrah featuring garnet purple color with bold cherry and spice aromas with a supple, satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body. The wine is fruit-forward with soft, fine-grained tannins and just the right level of acidity to give it a very smooth mouth feel. Offers savory dried raspberry and exotic spice nuances on the long, expressive finish.
GOLD MEDAL and 93 points –Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition – 2017