2016 Le Mistral Vineyard Syrah

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2016 Le Mistral Vineyard Syrah

42.00

This vintage of Le Mistral once again reveals rich blue and black fruit laced with wet asphalt and dried herbs.  The aroma and flavor density in this 2016, position it as possibly our strongest effort ever from this vineyard block.  The mouthfeel is at the same time huge and balanced, showcasing soft silky tannins.  Flavors of black cherry and huckleberry, roasted fig and truffle are dominant early.   With air, Josh describes aromas of a fresh overturned log in the forest intertwined with the fruit. Matt – ever the Botanist - confirmed that the log was indeed non-coniferous.   The finish is very long and ponderous.  This wine is worthy of discussion over a diverse range of foods, and fans of powerful old world Syrah will recognize the classic nature of this new world wine.

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The Le Mistral Vineyard is one of California’s hidden gems.  Located just south of King City in the sandy Salinas Valley, our Syrah comes from select rows, at the highest peak in the vineyard.  Persistent wind leads to thick skinned Syrah grapes reminiscent of tiny leather punching bags.  Grapes are hand-picked and delivered in ½ ton bins before being destemmed and sorted. Fermentation was carried out in small ¾ ton bins and punched down by hand three times daily.  We utilized a basket press to gently press out the finest wine found just beneath the skins before aging in French oak barrels and 500L puncheons for 18 months.