Russian River Valley
27th of September 2013
16th of December 2014
2013 Samantha's Vineyard
88pts Wine Spectator
The initial nose draws you in with spicy red fruits and the signature blueberry. The spices reveal themselves over time showing bay leaf, fennel and a little ginger. Floral notes keep the wine feeling lighter with lavender and violet and a hint of new leather. In the mouth the mouth feel is creamy but never heavy as it remains fresh and mouthwatering. The fruits are upfront with blackberry, blueberry and sweet strawberry and a nice liquorice finish.
Planted in 1995, the vineyard is planted to the Alban clone on Spreckels loam. A very steep, terraced style of vineyard with about 60 inches of soil on top of bedrock.
The fruit was handpicked and hand sorted in the vineyard and winery on the 27th of September. The fruit was destemmed and left to cold soak for 5 days after which the must started fermentation on it's native yeasts. The wine was on skins for 19 days and was pressed into tank and then racked to barrel. The wine was aged for 14 months in french oak, 10% new and was bottled in Dec 2014.
The 2013 vintage was a little warmer and resulted in an earlier pick to maintain the freshness in the fruit. Samantha's always exudes beautiful fruit but this vintage is possibly the prettiest I have tasted. It has a lovely balance between the creamy mouth feel and the fresher flavor profile. Will fully integrate over the next 2-3 years, but can be held for 7-10.
Food Pairing Notes
Samantha's Syrah is always fantastic with pork. The richness in the meat pairs very nicely with the fruit in the wine and the natural acidity cutting the fat in the food. Heather's fennel sausage lasagna is another perfect pairing with the fennel picking out the anise notes in the finish of the wine and the red sauce paring well with the fruit notes.