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2013 Syrah Vellutini Ranch 750 ml

2013 Syrah Vellutini Ranch 750 ml

Appellation
Russian River
2013 Syrah Vellutini Ranch 750 ml

The 2013 Vellutini Ranch Syrah has a nose of chocolaty blue plum, with notes of conifer and spice box. Black currants, licorice, cherry liqueur, and black pepper weave through the palate.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Russian River
Vineyard Designation
Vellutini Ranch
Alcohol %
15.8
Wine Profile
Ratings
95 points Robert M Parker Jr. - The Wine Advocate, 92 points Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Vineyard Notes
This Syrah vineyard is two acres in size, planted in 2000 with clone 470. It sits on the western edge of the Russian River Valley on a north east slope, which receives the first ray of early morning sunshine. The Vellutini Ranch vineyards are bordered on the east by Jackass Hill and on the south by Jackass Vineyard, sharing the same Franciscan soil type.
Winemaker Notes
The 2013 growing year was the second dry year in a row for us. We had an especially dry spring and it warmed up early, so the vines got an early jump on the season. Bloom came along in early May and the temperatures were perfect for berry pollination. The clusters ended up setting an abundance of berries. We had to do quite a bit of cluster thinning to maintain our desired crop levels and to get some sunlight and air movement into the canopy. Harvest came early as well. Fortunately, we had cooler temps about midway through, which slowed down picking and allowed us to catch up on things - including sleep! Harvest was complete after 7-8 weeks.