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Sandler Connell Vineyard Syrah 2013

  • Type : Wine
  • Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz
  • Country/State: US-California
  • Region: Bennett Valley AVA
  • Winery: Sandler

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Winemaker’s Notes

2013 Sandler Connell Vineyard Syrah

Harvest date: 10-17-13

pH: 3.73

Alcohol: 13.8%

Barrel aging: 13 months in a 4 year old 1400 liter French oak foudre

Cases produced: 144

2013 was the first time we’ve made a Connell Syrah since 2010. It was an ideal year for cool climate Syrah to achieve ripeness, the exact opposite of a vintage like 2011 when it wasn’t warm enough for Syrah to get beyond 17 brix. Connell Vineyard sits on a ridge above Bennett Valley, just a few doors down from the edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation. It is a cool, foggy and windy site, perfectly suited for the Pinot Noir that grows there every vintage, but it’s a marginal climate for the later ripening Syrah. 2013 was the best year we’ve seen there in a long time.

As with every Connell Syrah that Sandler has produced, this was fermented with 100% whole clusters. This technique adds tannin and spice, some say white pepper, others say black pepper, and many people describe the flavor as a meatiness. The 2013 Connell Syrah has a lot in common with the beautiful 2009 we made from this vineyard. It should be at its best from 2017 through 2025.

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