"The 2013 Syrah Zotovich Vineyard is a very pretty wine. Lifted and gracious, because of the sandy soils here, the Zotovich nevertheless offers striking fruit density and voluptuousness. Black cherry, plum, menthol, lavender and sweet spices flow through to the creamy finish. This is the most overt and fruit-driven of the SAMsARA single-vineyard Syrahs. Nothing sticks out. Instead, it is the wine's overall balance that is convincing. The 2014 was done with 50% whole clusters." –Sep-16
"Possessing more berry fruits, pepper, violets and hints of minerality, the 2013 Syrah Zotovich (100% stems and aged two years in neutral barrels) is medium to full-bodied, plump and layered, with beautiful ripeness and texture, as well as a fresh, lively style. This is another cool climate beauty from Chad that readers shouldn't miss."
Hand-harvested from Zotovich Vineyard, which is made up of mostly diatomaceous earth and sandy loam soils that create intense, mineral-driven wines.
50% whole-cluster fermentation and pressed with an ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle. Fermented in small lots (2 tons) with native yeast only. Year-round barrel maturation at 55 degrees. One racking and one SO2 addition prior to bottling. No fining or filtering.
Aged for 24 months in 100% neutral oak and 12 months in bottle.