2014 Double L Vineyard Syrah
Syrah, originally from the Rhone Valley in France, is one of the world's most widely planted wine grapes. Whether in Hermitage, Cote Rotie or Santa Lucia Highlands, Syrah from cool climates display equal parts intensity and elegance.
The Double L Vineyard’s location in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA affords Morgan the chance to grow the finest cool climate wine grapes. Planted on northeast facing terraces overlooking the Salinas River Valley, the north-south vineyard row orientation provides optimum sun exposure and access to the strong afternoon breezes. The winds moderate the afternoon temperature, thickening the grape skins and concentrating flavors. The vineyard is the first in the Santa Lucia Highlands to achieve both organic and sustainable certifications.
The 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent.
Syrah is the last varietal to be harvested each year on the Double L. Ripe fruit is hand picked and sorted for optimal flavor and acidity. After being destemmed, 50% whole berry fermentation was started with native yeasts in small open tanks. Manual punch-downs and an extended maceration allowed for great flavor and color extraction with well integrated tannins. Fourteen months of aging in 42% new Bordeaux French barrels added polish and elegance.
This wine shows deep purple/black hues in the glass. Attractive aromas of dark cherry and bramble, blueberry with some cedar and caramel are carried onto the palate with a rich and full mouthfeel of spice, black plum and a long lingering mineral/graphite finish.
A History of Acclaim
“Bright violet color. Pungent aromas of dark berry preserves, olive paste, violet and anise, along with a smoky overtone. Very Syrah in its chewy blackberry and cassis flavors complemented by cola, floral pastille and spicecake elements. Velvety tannins add shape and focus to the long, appealingly sweet finish, with the smoky note echoing.”
- Aug ‘15 Josh Raynolds for Vinous
“Sporting a beautiful, cool climate feel in its white pepper, cedar, black raspberry, and smoking meat-like aromas and flavors, the 2013 Double L Syrah is medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate with nicely integrated acidity on the finish. Aged 14 months in 31% new French oak, there’s lots to like here and it will drink nicely through 2023.”
- Oct ‘15 The Wine Advocate