Domaine Artefact

2017 Estate Syrah

A full bodied red with aromatics of dark fruits – highlighting blackberries and boysenberry. On the palate, the dark berries give way to a “bacon-spice concoction”. Dried leather makes an appearance, as do dates, dried figs, cinnamon and clove and peppercorn. This mélange closes with a finish of blueberry, blackberry and peppercorns. The texture/mouthfeel of this wine is lifted, similar to a northern Rhône/Cote Rôtie provenance.
All Syrah fruit was destemmed and fermented in open top containers. Left to macerate on skins for 28 days, pressed and racked to 228-liter French oak barrels. 40% new French oak was employed and 60% neutral French oak; aged for 19 months.
Winemaker Mark Robinson impresses with this Highland Valley estate wine, that’s showing black and blue fruit, pepper and menthol. It comes off as a cool climate Syrah in style, thanks to popping acidity, and it has pleasant weight with no heaviness. It’s rather firm at …present, but well structured and looking at a nice future. Decant well in the near term, or give it five years rest for openers.
– Reviewed by Rich Cook, Nov 28, 2017

92 points

2017 Silver Medal
Sunset International Wine Competition

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Bottle Price: $50.00

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
100% Syrah, Alban Clone
Appellation
San Diego County
Vineyard Designation
Rattlesnake and Roadrunner Block
Brix
24.4 to 25.4
Harvest
September and October 2017
Alcohol %
14.9%

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