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Clos Mimi Shell Creek Vineyard Syrah

Clos Mimi Shell Creek Vineyard Syrah Wine Details
Price: $59.00 per bottle

Description: Owned and farmed by Jane and Steve Sinton, "shell creek" is a very remote vineyard on the eastern plains of San Luis Obispo County. This vineyard is tucked in a saddle beneath large calcareous badlands formations. In 1999 "shell creek" planted a wee 0.97-acre block of syrah for Clos Mimi after selling me grapes from a nearby 4-acre block. Vines are planted 3.5 feet apart. Rows run southwest-northeast along a limestone syncline. This block is planted with the UCD#1 clone of syrah on 5C. The soil at "shell creek" is a well drained sandy clay loam with of truffle-sized chunks of white limestone hiding in the topsoil. In 2003 yields at "shell creek" were an amazing 27.2 hectoliters per hectare (2.19 tons per acre). Harvest was the 17th of September. The sugar content in the grapes was 26.7° brix. The grapes were 100% destemmed. The grapes were 100% treaded by foot. The wine was fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts. Total maceration was 74 days exactly three full moons after harvest. The 2003 "shell creek" was aged in 225-liter Seguin Moreau barrels 3 and 4 years old. Total time in barrel was 26 months. The wine was racked barrel-to-barrel one time on the summer solstice in 2004. This wine was never pumped, acidulated, fined or filtered. This wine was bottled by hand via gravity on Clos Mimi's own equipment. There is no press wine in the bottle. Alcohol content is 15.5%. 100% syrah. Total production is 72 cases.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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