2016 Estate Syrah
2016 was truly a phenomenal vintage and it delivered everything we love in a great Syrah from the Annadel Gap. With gorgeous notes of blackberries, freeze-dried blueberries, smoked meat, and a core of cherry liqueur. As the 2016 Westwood Estate Syrah continues to open, a juicy wash of salted violets, black pepper, and blueberry cedar linger for a long and complex finish.
The Annadel Gap Vineyard is a special place. Located between Mt. Hood and the Sonoma Mountains, our site is characterized by thick morning fog and strong afternoon winds. Alluvial, glacial, and sedimentary influences create a wide array of soil types. The fruit was hand harvested at night. Clones were kept separate, hand sorted and fermented individually. 25%-50% whole cluster, co-fermented with 3-7% Roussanne, 5-6 days of cold soak, punch downs 1-3 times daily, 14 days on skins & basket pressed. Gravity fed into French oak (62% new). Aged 16 months on lees, gently fined and bottled unfiltered.
Produced from Organic & Biodynamic Vineyards
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck