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Varietal

100% Syrah

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 10 to 20 Years

Vineyard

Grand Ciel

2012 Grand Ciel Syrah

Syrah

There is a cornucopia of fruit aromas including currants, blackberries, plums, raspberries, cherries and orange blossoms. Intertwined with the fruit characters are white flowers, cracked black pepper, cardamom, cumin, chocolate mole and citrus oil – an amazing Syrah! In the mouth, all these complex fruit components share the profile with toasted pine nut notes as well as chocolate espresso, blood orange and tapenade characters. This vintage is showing great concentration yet all of these deep aromas and flavors flow together like one beautiful musical chord.

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93 Points

— Robert Parker

93 Points

“A similar purple/ruby, semi-opaque color to the Signature Syrah, the 2012 Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard has more minerality (no doubt due to coming from Red Mountain) to go with lots of blackberry, graphite, pepper and crushed violet notes. Like the Signature Syrah, it shows the vintage nicely with lots of concentration, integrated acidity and a big finish, where the wine’s structure becomes more apparent. It will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”

June 2015

Additional Scores:

92

Wine Enthusiast

92+

Vinous

Pairing Suggestion

Grand Ciel Syrah pairs very well with grilled meats, vegetables, wild game and stews, and chilis. Marbled cuts of beef stand up to Syrah – we recommend pairing with Grilled New York or Ribeye Steak.

Behind the Wine

2012 Grand Ciel Syrah

Grand Ciel Syrah is a single vineyard, single varietal & single clone Syrah from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate & soil of this prestigious AVA known for ripe & structured fruit. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel.

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Vineyards

Grand Ciel is DeLille’s Estate Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA.

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Winemaking

Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 12-14 days on skin, partial native yeast, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (30% new).