2020 GiGi Syrah
Our Glou-Glou Sans Soufre is back just in time for Summer barbecues!
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Our winemaking philosophy and cellar practices have not changed since we made our first wine in 2003. Our vineyards are farmed sustainably/organic/biodynamic and in our cellar our list of ingredients has never ventured beyond minimal effective Sulphur. We made our first wine from this older block of Syrah planted at 2800’ in 2005. In 2016 we started calling it GiGi in honor of Jared’s mother and the shift in winemaking that led to a more gulp-able (glou-glou) red wine. We crushed to an open top Taransaud Cuve where it stayed for 13 days with minimal punch down by hand until pressed to a mix of neutral and 1-3 year old French Oak barrels. No need for extended barrel or bottle aging, as this wine is a natural beauty. We added zero Sulphur (sans soufre).
This wine never disappoints as a true natural beauty. Beginning with her tantalizing aromatics of crushed rose petals, lavender, and violet that is balanced by a fresh redwood bark and minty profile, you are then led into dark red fruit with flavors of blackberry, plum, and finishes with the spice you are craving; elegant tannins show off white peppercorn and a touch of sage. We love this wine chilled on a warm Summer day and paired with grilled shrimp and sausage skewers.
- Appellation: El Dorado
- Vineyard: Fenaughty
- Varietal: Syrah
- Clone: Heritage
- Age: Grafted in 1980 on 1963 planting
- Elevation: 2800 feet
- Soil: Decomposed granite w/ red clay loam
- Harvested: September 12, 2019
- Pressed: September 25, 2019
- Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 25% whole cluster
- Blend: Mostly Syrah
- Maceration: 13 days in Taransaud Cuves
- Barrel aging: 7 months
- Bottled: February 12, 2020
- Production: 187 cases
- Release date: Summer 2020
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