2014 Skylark Syrah, Lawer Vineyard, Knights Valley


Lawer is an amphitheater-shaped vineyard tucked back in the Knights Valley AVA in Sonoma. We farm the top section of this southwest facing slope, planted to the Rhone clone 877 on volcanic soils. 2011 was a cool vintage in Sonoma, with early October rains complicating picking dates. Lawer is well-drained and protected, so we picked very clean fruit under sunny skies on October 21. We decided against any whole cluster inclusion and shortened skin contact in the tank, resulting in our most elegant Lawer syrah to date. As is our custom with Lawer, we allowed the 2011 generous time on the cork before release.

Opaque. Aromas of peach pit, blackberry, violet and bakers chocolate. Deep and rich, the extroverted aromatics fully play out on the palate. Black fruits saturate the mouth with richness and texture, lifted by an inner mouth perfume and savory spice. Though time will be the judge, Block II may have saved its best for last. Best now with an aerative decant.


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