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Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Located in the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley in the cool Carneros region, this Syrah from a single parcel of the highly-acclaimed Durell Vineyard was planted in 1999.  Chateau St. Jean made its first single-vineyard Syrah from the Durell Vineyard with the 2002 vintage.

 

92 Points - Vinous

"The 2013 Syrah Durell Vineyard is dark, round and inviting. Here, it is the wine's soft contours and pure concentration that are the signatures. Black plum, bittersweet, licorice, menthol and dark spices wrap around the succulent finish. An exotic mix of gravel, blackberry jam and violet scents add to the wine's considerable appeal. This is an unusually soft, young Syrah considering the vintage." - Antonio Galloni. Vinous,  January 2016

Tasting Notes

This single-vineyard Syrah is a deep, garnet color in the glass with inviting aromas of fresh raspberry, black cherry, mocha and subtle roasted espresso notes. The wine is giving - rich and generous on the palate with forward red fruit flavors and black pepper spice. This full bodied wine has an opulent texture with polished tannins and well-balanced acidity.

Winemaking Notes

After primary fermentation, the free run was drained from the skins and sent to barrel to complete malolactic fermentation. This enables us to retain all of the fruit character from the vineyard and develop richness and integration with the oak components. The wine was aged 24 months in 100% French oak (35% new) and spent an additional six months in the bottle before release.
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