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93pts Wine Spectator
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Appears deep violet in color while dark blueberry fruit flls the nose. Upfront richness, is balanced by mid-palate acidity all combining blackberry jam with textbook meaty West Paso Robles Syrah. A perfectly balanced fnish allows this robust wine to pair beautifully with braised short ribs, pulled pork BBQ, or grilled lamb chops
The 2015 Moose is a showcase for the Syrah from our 2.65 acre block 8 clone 99 Syrah planted in 2002. This block is planted on an extremely steep section of our estate, thus the limestone is exposed with almost no top soil. The resulting fruit is a prime example of what farming on high pH (9.2) soils can produce. We blended in Petit Verdot from the neighboring Glenrose, containing similar soil structure. 2015 contained extremes of heat and drought to the point of actually slowing down vine growth and fruit development. In this way, the vintage is marked by darkly structured wines emphasizing earthy characters of Syrah.
The Syrah for this vintage was de-stemmed and fermented in 3 ton concrete tanks. Twice daily pumpovers were performed until 70% completion of fermentation. We then, changed to gentle punchdows to ease extraction of favors. The fruit was pressed and 45% racked into a new French Cavin barrels, known for their intense toasting and readily compliments a rich nose and complex fnish. The remaining 55% was aged in neutral French and Hungarian barrels. The Petit Verdot was fermented in 1.5 ton open top tanks with a combination of punch downs and delestage. The fnalized blend was returned to barrel and aged for a total of 30 months before botling.