Sea Shell Cellars 2016 Reserve Syrah

SEA SHELL CELLARS

2016 Reserve Syrah

Composition: 100% Syrah

Sea Shell Vineyard

Soil Type:

Rolling alluvial terraces with decomposed limestone deposits along its slopes

Vinification:

This lot was picked early in the morning to keep the fruit cool prior to processing. The Syrah was then de-stemmed and sorted into small open top fermenters that were punched down 2-3 times per day. The Syrah was fermented and macerated on its skins for a total of 13 days prior to being pressed and barreled down.

Aging and Duration:

The Syrah was aged in a mixture of 500L puncheons and 225L barriques, all of which were French oak (~40% new).

Traditionally used as part of the Collection blend, the Syrah from 2016 was so exciting, we just had to make a special Reserve bottling!  This 100% varietal wine is just filled with classic Syrah character, displaying hints of dark fruits, fresh ground peppercorns, and savory, mouth-watering bacon fat.  The palate has great length while still maintaining elegance and freshness, and the finish has all the depth and structure you expect from a classic Paso Robles Syrah.

Number of Bottles Produced: 1380

AVA: Estrella District, Paso Robles

ABA: 13.7%

pH: 3.92%

RS: 0.4

Harvest Date: 9.29.16

Winemaker Comments 

The Syrah off of Sea Shell Vineyard is undoubtedly its most aromatically intense and savory variety. It is grown on upper, west-facing slope of the estate, it's steepest terrain. 

 




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