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2013 Connell Vineyard Syrah

2013 Connell Vineyard Syrah

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2013 was the first time we've made a Connell Syrah since 2010.  It was an ideal year for cool climate Syrah to achieve ripeness, the exact opposite of a vintage like 2011 when it wasn't warm enough for Syrah to get beyond 17 brix.  Connell Vineyard sits on a ridge above Bennett Valley, just a few doors down from the edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation.  It is a cool, foggy and windy site, perfectly suited for the Pinot Noir that grows there every vintage, but it's a marginal climate for the later ripening Syrah.  2013 was the best year we've seen there in a long time.


As with every Connell Syrah that Sandler has produced, this was fermented with 100% whole clusters.  This technique adds tannin and spice, some say white pepper, others say black pepper, and many people describe the flavor as a meatiness.  The 2013 Connell Syrah has a lot in common with the beautiful 2009 we made from this vineyard.  It should be at its best from 2017 through 2025.


144 cases produced.

Wine Specs
Bennett Valley
Harvest Date
14 months in a 4 year old French foudre
100% whole cluster
Bottling Date
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