2017 Westwood Syrah, Annadel Gap, Sonoma Valley
Situated in the gap in the northern Sonoma Valley, our Annadel Gap Vineyard is the perfect match for this Rhone varietal: cool foggy mornings are replaced by warm wind-swept afternoons. The heat of the Napa Valley to our east pulls the fog and moisture away from our vineyard and between the coastal and valley influences, our site allows for the perfect amount of diurnal temperature fluctuation. Savory and elegant, more than overripe and jammy, are hallmarks for Westwood. Aromas of smoked bacon, white pepper, and green olive with a refined tannin structure.
91 Points & Gold Medal - Sunset Magazine Wine Competition
24.2 Brix at Harvest
19 months French Oak
The Annadel Gap Vineyard is a special place. Located between Mt. Hood and the Sonoma Mountains, our estate is characterized by thick morning fog, and strong afternoon winds. Alluvial, glacial, and sedimentary influences create a wide array of soil types. Ideal growing conditions, varied soils, and our minimal-impact farming methods yield precise, balanced fruit.
Clones are Tablas Creek, 887, and 174. Each Syrah clone was hand-harvested individually at night. The fruit was hand-sorted and fermented, individually separated by clone. Six days cold soak, gentle punch downs, 1-3 times daily, average 21 days on skins and gently basket pressed. Gravity fed to French oak barrels (79% new). Aged 19 months, then bottled unfiltered.