2014 Axiom® Syrah Alegría Vineyards
92+ points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
91 points - 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition
90 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report
Double Gold - 2017 American Fine Wine Competition
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Focused, intense aromatics of dark fruit and smoky oak merge as the wine opens. The silken entry reveals plush layers of ripe plum, huckleberry, and blackberry wrapped with notes of leather, white pepper, toasted oak, mocha, coconut, white floral, and cocoa. The flavors fuse in the finish with a juicy dark cherry essence as they linger.
An axiom is a self-evident truth, and we call our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of the Cote Rotie tradition of co-fermenting Syrah with Viognier, to enhance aroma and color. We had that tradition in mind when we planted our south-facing hillside as a field blend of three Syrah selections inter-planted with Viognier.
The warm winter got the vines off to an early start so harvest was early as well. A three-day cold soak let natural enzymes extract and meld flavors before fermentation started. Syrah yeast co-fermented the varieties in an open top fermenter.
We aged the 2014 Axiom in a combination of barrels carefully selected from different coopers, and sourced from different French and other European forests, for their ability to enhance the berry flavors typical of our Russian River Valley Syrah, while adding structure and notes of vanilla and spice. The early harvest, and the barrels we chose, gave the wine an elegant character. The result is a superb reflection of the vineyard and the vintage.
September 15, 2014
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 18 months in 54% French (28% new) and 46% European oak barrels