2019 The Initiation | Syrah
Take the first step and be initiated.
A mysterious inky purple in the glass, this bold Syrah is slow to reveal itself, but as it does, notes of cassis, orange zest, and cranberry create a powerful melange of aromas. The wine maintains a delicate tension, balancing flavors of blackberry, graphite, and Asian spice with precise tannin and laser focused acidity.
THE VINEYARD SITE
The Soberanes Vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County amid the sandy loam soils boasting significant sub-soil boulders layered into the alluvial fan. Meticulously farmed by the Pisoni & Franscioni families, the vines thrive in this cool site among foggy mornings and Pacific winds. You can expect hints of minerality, beautiful acidity while the tannins wrap the mouth-feel with a unique velvet texture.
Each pristine cluster was hand harvested under cover of moonlight on October 10th as this wine began its journey from grape to bottle. A ten day cold soak on 20% whole-cluster fruit preceded an additional 22 day primary fermentation. This wine’s impressive color, tannin, and flavor was gently extracted through a combination of daily punch downs and pump overs until alcoholic fermentation was complete. Once dry, the wine was transferred to 67% new French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation then took place. After 16 long months maturing in barrel, this wine made its final journey into bottle, where it now rests awaiting your initiation into the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cases produced: 100 cases (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
Cattleya was born in 2011 with a single barrel of Syrah from the Soberanes Vineyard. It marked the beginning of my journey as the proprietor and winemaker of my own wine label. This site became my initiation—making wine from the variety I worked with so much in France, among the steep hillsides of the famed Côte-Rôtie appellation in the Rhone Valley.