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2014 Geometry Syrah Moaveni Vineyard Bennett Valley California
SRP: $69.70 Bottle / $836.40 Case
1-27 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 32.12%
28+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 34.75%
FOB Profit Margin: 42.82%
Winemaker Chris Taddei
Blend 85% Syrah 10% Grenache 1% Viognier
Bottled May 2016
Our single vineyard Syrah comes from an Alban clone. To achieve optimal balance and texture, any grapes not meeting our standards were discarded.
To accentuate the character and aromatics of the Syrah, we co-fermented with a few Viognier grapes which were harvested from a boutique vineyard on West Dry Creek Road in the Russian River Valley. We later blended in a small amount of Grenache, which was fermented separately. All of the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted, and the wine was aged for over 18 months in new French and Hungarian oak. Each barrel of wine was evaluated biweekly.
While this is a wine built to age, the 2014 Geometry is very approachable now. In its current youthful state, it presents a nose of spice, bacon fat, raspberry and honeysuckle. The palate is dominated by a luscious combination of dark stone fruits, tobacco, saddle leather and tannins that will continue to give this wine structure for decades to come. Through at least mid-2018, we recommend decanting 30-45 minutes prior to drinking.
The mouthfeel is rich but not heavy, and impeccably balanced. The acid brings structure and tone to the wine, supporting a long, persistent finish. Despite its youth, the wine is very well integrated and balanced. This elegant wine will pair well with grilled meats, game and hearty pasta dishes, and it is also delicious to drink on its own.
95 Points - Christopher Sawyer
”With a long history traced back to the legendary Rhone Valley region of France and newer expansions in America and the Southern Hemisphere, Syrah is a noble red grape known for producing world-class wines with complex flavors, spicy nuances and lavish texture, as well as its rare ability to grow in hot and cool climate conditions.
For a delicious offering from the West Coast, try the Geometry 2014 Syrah made with pristine fruit from the Moaveni Vineyard, which is located in lovely rustic region of Bennett Valley in Sonoma County. Planted in rocky soils on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, this high-elevation vineyard is influenced by a harmonious balance of foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights. Together, these conditions allow the grapes to develop deep, rich and generous flavors while slowly ripening on the vines.
As an homage to the classic Old World-style with a Bennett Valley twist, gifted winemaker Chris Taddei co-ferments the Syrah with a small amount of Viognier and then blends in 12% Grenache to allow the wine to develop more layers of flavor, depth and complexity. After aging for 18 months in fine French and Hungarian oak barrels, the end result is a sophisticated wine that dazzles the palate with a combination of power, elegance and finesse.
From the dazzling 2014 vintage, the wine features a dark red hue and opulent aromas of ripe black fruits, wild berries, licorice, allspice and freshly cut cedar. With each sip, the scrumptious flavors of ripe blackberry, huckleberry and black cherry are enhanced with nuances of sarsaparilla, dark chocolate, dried lavender, cinnamon, clove, blood orange zest and spicy oak. Past the lush texture, the wine is balanced with layers of lively acidity, chewy tannins, and a long, rich finish. Generous, stately and distinctive: it’s a one of a kind wine that speaks volumes for the benefits of working with Syrah grapes grown on hillsides and cool-climate conditions. With only 143 cases made, get yours before it’s gone!
Food pairings: rich, salty and tangy cheeses, risotto with wild mushrooms, slow-roasted wild boar, juicy steaks, rack of lamb and hearty stews, dark chocolate truffles.”