2017 Myriad Cellars Las Madres Vineyard 100 % Whole Cluster Syrah
Carneros AVA, Sonoma Valley
100% Syrah. 50 cases produced.
Las Madres Vineyard, ‘Esther Block’, Entav Clones 174 & 300
Consistently express bright fruit, complex flavors, green and black olive and meaty undertones coupled with an excellent natural acid profile. Just a stunning site for classic cool climate Syrah!
Deep ruby color, almost translucent to the edge. The outstanding nose has blackberries, black olives, charred meat, roasted herbs, white pepper, with some nutmeg and earthiness. Framed by fairly solid tannins and lively acidity, the mid palate shines with black cherry, savory notes, adding a nice sweet leather element the tail end. The 100% whole cluster element adds a beautiful mid palate lift and peppercorn spice to the core of this wine, giving it a little more verve than its more dense sister. The long & highlighted finish is loaded with the hallmark black olive tapenade this vineyard is famous for., Cool climate Syrah at its finest.
We first worked with Las Madres in 2004 and immediately knew the terroir, location and personality of the fruit were unmatched. Nestled in a small protected bowl where the vines capture the intense California sun, the Las Madres Vineyard is located a mile (as the crow flies) from Sonoma. The vineyard enjoys cool evening breezes from the San Pablo Bay and even ripening days of the moderate Carneros region. The vineyard has two clones, planted East to West orientation and divided into two blocks called Esther and Hulda. The fruit for our Syrah comes from both blocks, allowing us to have multi-layered complexity straight from the vineyard source.