October 3rd 2013
16th of December 2014
2013 Moaveni Vineyard
90pts from Wine Enthusiast
A true Bennett Valley expression, this wine pulls you in with it's dark fruit and spice. A beautiful expression of ripe Blackcurrants and Blackberries along with a spicy background including peppercorns, black licorice, mushrooms and a hint of graphite. In the mouth, the wine coats the palate with it's opulent dark fruit and pepper beef jerky and a black licorice finish.
Our first vintage from this vineyard in the Bennett Valley appellation. The vineyard is further up the valley than our previous Bennett Valley vineyards and is up against the Sonoma Mountain ridge. This slightly higher altitude plays with the fog patterns and allows for a more evenly ripening even in difficult vintages. A very steep vineyard also inhibits water retention in the vineyard and results in smaller berries, which in turn results in more intense flavored wines.
The vineyard was harvested on the 3rd of October reflecting the warmer vintage and was fermented on skins of 19 days. The wine was pressed to tank where ML fermentation started and then racked to barrels where it completed the ML fermentation. The wine was not racked and left in barrels for 14 months and then was bottled unfiltered and unfined in mid December 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
Moaveni Syrah was made for barbeque or steak. Make sure to pepper and dry rub which ever protein you are going to barbeque. The spicier the better! The wine will hang with most spices and brings forward the fruit in the wine.