Salaal Rhone Blend 2014
21% Petite Sirah
The Syrah grapes for this wine were sourced from the Hollister and Salaal sections of our Edna Ranch vineyard and includes three clones. Clone 99, a late ripening French clone with big berries and sizable clusters, clone 877 which yields aromatic and concentrated wines with an impressive tannin profile, and clone 174 which tends to produce a balance wine with flavors of red fruit and typically a long finish. The Grenache was grown on the Poletti and Salaal vineyard blocks and the Petite Sirah came from the Poletti section as well. The Syrah, Grenache and Petite Sirah grapes for this wine were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks then blended and aged for 18 months in small French and American oak barrels.
Deep ruby red color with complex aromas of black plum, juniper berry, black currant, tobacco and coco powder. Impressive in its depth with flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, molasses and cedar, this wine exhibits balanced acidity and well defined tannin structure that is destined to soften with age, foreshadowing a wine with a promising future.