2017 was a hot one and marked the last vintage in a string of drought years. Because of the heat we saw early budbreak in the vineyard which led to the development of a small berried crop with intense, fruit driven flavors. Labor Day weekend we had an incredible heat spike that further reduced the crop and condensed the flavors. We had an earlier than usual harvest and harvested twenty-five percent less fruit than typical.
The 2017 Kamen Syrah was crafted from grapes harvested at optimal ripeness, de-stemmed and co-fermented with Viognier skins and sun-dried Syrah stems. We believe this proprietary practice adds both aromatic and textural layers.
Soaring from the glass are incredibly pure and expressive aromas of brambly blackberries, Marion berry liqueur, freshly cut violets and pencil lead. Hints of sea kelp, cocoa, rock dust, Earl Grey tea and black Asian spices. The palate is incredibly rich with loads of savory flavors in addition to the concentrated black and purple fruit. Balanced, graceful and loaded with supple tannin; this wine offers fulfilling sip after sumptuous sip and will cellar well over the next 15–20 years.