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Carlisle Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) - [RP 94] [WE 93]
Carlisle Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California) - [RP 94] [WE 93]


 
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Winery: Carlisle
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Region: Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750ml

Product Code: CARLISLESYRAHROSELLAS14-W
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Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
 
Notes from the Winemaker:
Indicating just how warm and early this vintage was, Rosella’s Syrah was picked on September 30th. Typical picking is closer to Halloween! As expected, the fruit was immaculate. We opted for 25% whole cluster, a slight reduction from previous years but still enough to provide that beautiful floral top note and some structure to the palate. Indigenous fermentation. Nineteen days on the skins. Given the concentration of the wine, we increased the new oak to 30% but chose cooperage that adds little in flavor and aroma, operating more purely on texture and mouthfeel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note:
Black-purple in color, tar and violet pastilles, along with tamarind all make their presence known immediately. A wonderful savory introduction to the palate is completed with sage, cassis, grilled meats and graphite. Dense and correct on the finish and nicely textured. A beauty that should age with considerable grace. Drink 2020 – 2031. (JCM – 07/18/16)

100% Syrah
pH: 3.56
T.A.: 0.74 g/100mL
Alcohol: 14.8%
Cases Produced: 335

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Mike commented that he likes the 2014 Syrahs much more than the 2013s, and he called 2014 a dream season. His 2014 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard, which was raised in 33% new French oak, sports the normal inky purple color as well as Cornas-like notes of olives, violets, flowers and creme de cassis. Polished, full-bodied and packed with fruit on the palate, it has sensational purity of fruit, sweet tannin and an already irresistible profile. It's worth noting that Mike reduced the amount of whole clusters in 2014, going from 35% to roughly 25%. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade." - (28th Sep 2016)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Software developer-turned-vintner Mike Officer comes south from his Sonoma base to Monterey make this lavish Syrah that shows layers of blueberry, blackberry and black cassis as well as potpourri and ganache elements. Those same fruits hit the sip too, along with licorice, pretty purple flowers and an ever-increasing asphalt component." - Matt Kettmann (11/1/2016)

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