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Grist Syrah 2021

95% Syrah, 5% Viognier · Grist Vineyard • Dry Creek Valley · 232 cases

Let yourself be moved. An inspired splash of Viognier scatters dried violets and tiny fragrant flowers across the nose. Syrah takes a second to show itself, like the friend that doesn’t want to come to the party, but ends up being the life of said party once they’ve entered the room. In other words: Big Scorpio Energy.

750 ml, 13% ABV

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Enjoy With

Something you have to wrestle with. Reach for the end piece of a rack of lamb for the char, or indulge in earth-forward flavors like shiitake mushrooms and falafel.

Drink When

You’ve been swept up by the evening or some passerby’s perfume. This bottle invites you to trust that all good mysteries unravel themselves with time.

Martha's Notes

This is our second Californian celebration of a traditional French technique, co-fermenting mountaintop Syrah with a small percentage of white Viognier grapes. When fermented together, the Viognier skins stabilize and deepen Syrah’s inky color (flavanols reacting with anthocyanins to form highly stable polymers) and brings added freshness to Syrah’s gamier notes. Of course the chemistry of why a dark wine becomes darker when adding white grapes wasn’t well understood centuries ago when this practice started in the northern Rhône valley, which is both a testament to legacy and the excitement of applied science.

Specifications

Vintage:

2021

Alcohol:

13%

Varietal:

95% Syrah, 5% Viognier

Vineyard:

Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County; planted in the 1970’s atop Bradford Mountain (1,000’ elevation); farmed according to organic principles; iron-rich red volcanic soils.

Vinification Notes:

Whole cluster (stems intact) co-fermentation of Syrah and Viognier sealed in a tank (semi-carbonic maceration). After opening the tank, the uncrushed fruit was foot-tread and pumped-over to gently extract tannin. Pressed prior to dryness and aged in neutral oak barrique and larger 500L puncheons for 29 months before bottling, and then aged an additional 9 months in bottle before release. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.

Serving Temp:

Cellar // 55-60°F // 13-16°C // This bottle should be cold to the touch, but not frosty.

At Bottling:

(February 2023): 13% alc/vol · Free SO2 6 mg/L, Total SO2 27 mg/L · Less than 1 g/L sugar (dry) · All wines are vegan

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