Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Located in the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley in the cool Carneros region, this Syrah from a single parcel of the highly-acclaimed Durell Vineyard was planted in 1999.  Chateau St. Jean made its first single-vineyard Syrah from the Durell Vineyard with the 2002 vintage.

 

92 Points - Wine Advocate

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Syrah Durell Vineyard has a crushed black berry and black currant nose with hints of licorice, earth, cracked peppered, tar and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, the rich, opulent palate is matched with lovely freshness, with soft, rounded tannins and a long, spicy finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The Wine Advocate, October 2017

Tasting Notes

This single-vineyard Syrah is a deep, garnet color in the glass with inviting aromas of fresh blackberry, black cherry, mocha and subtle crushed violet floral notes. There is also a wild game-like character which makes this Syrah incredibly intriguing. Rich and generous on the palate with forward juicy dark berry fruit flavors, dark choco-late, and black pepper spice, this full-bodied wine has an opulent, velvety texture with polished tannins, intense power and concentration, finishing with well-balanced acidity and tremendous length.

Winemaking Notes

After primary fermentation, the free run was drained from the skins and sent to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. This enables us to retain all of the fruit character from the vineyard and develop richness and integration with the oak components. The wine was aged 24 months in 100% French oak (35% new) and spent an additional six months in the bottle before release.
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