Vineyard: Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
Clone: 94% Syrah Phelps Noir and 6% Viognier Clone 1
Harvested: October 18th, 2010
Brix: 24.5 Brix, 14.3% Alc. By Vol.
Cold Soak: 72 Hours
Ageing: 30% New French Oak Barrels for 18 Months
Bottled: Summer 2012
Released: Fall 2012
It might be hard to believe but adding an aromatic white grape like Viognier into a bold opaque wine would not only refine it, but also make it even darker. This classic method is still used in France’s northern Rhône Valley to transform Syrah into a slightly elevated Cru status, where bacon fat and meat become garnished with lavender and violets. Sounds like the perfect adornment, and that is why the “Sixer” was born. Adding 6% Viognier allows the tar, tobacco, and dried fruit aromatics to polish off with a fresh scent of flowers and blueberries. The mouth becomes less aggressively tannic from this tiny addition, leaving our estate wine with a
long smooth finish. This is not just Syrah, but Syrah in Black Tie attire – hopefully it won’t go stag, unless that is what you are having for dinner.