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2014 Syrah Chico Hill 750 ml

2014 Syrah Chico Hill 750 ml

Appellation
Russian River
2014 Syrah Chico Hill 750 ml

The 2014 Chico’s Hill Syrah has aromas of camphor, cocoa and blackberry followed by a palate of polished black fruit bright raspberry and pomegranate and tobacco.

Library Release - Limit 6 Bottles per customer

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$108.00
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SKU: MJ14SYCH
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Russian River
Vineyard Designation
Chico's Hill
Alcohol %
15.8
Wine Profile
Ratings
94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 92+ points The Wine Advocate
Vineyard Notes
Chico’s Hill is a one acre vineyard on an easterly facing slope. It has a great soil profile which is predominantly fractured rock. Fractured rock makes for great growing conditions because the rock warms the earth by the early morning sun, stimulating vine growth, and in addition, rain water penetrates the soil depth easily and drains off. The landscape is long and narrow, approximately a 45 degree slope, and is shaped like a horse’s nose. The rows are oriented in a north-south direction to equalize sunlight exposure on both sides of the canopy morning and afternoon. For vine training we installed a vertical trellis system with fruit wire sitting 22 inches above ground level, encouraging consistent ripening of the grape clusters. The vineyard consists solely of clone 877.
Winemaker Notes
The growing year in 2014 was the third dry year in a row and was full of unforeseen challenges provided by Mother Nature. You would think the ongoing drought, excessive heat from March thru June, and hail in early April would have brought down the quality of this vintage. Thankfully this was not the case! Even though the harvest was very early, the small berry size and healthy yields have produced very well balanced wines; they are not over-bearing in tannin or structure, and are a pleasure to drink.