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2018 The Source

2018 The Source
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For those of you who know Varinder, you know Syrah is his absolute jam. He is extremely passionate about all that this varietal can present in the bottle. A student of Syrah, Varinder spends a terrifying number of man-hours analyzing each lot of Syrah we take in. That effort shines in this year’s Source. It’s almost entirely Syrah and absolutely enthralling. The nose is dominated by black and blue fruit, hints of bacon fat, daffodils, and hyacinths. It’s lush on the palate with a spice box element, a hint of cocoa, refined tannins and a great backbone of acidity. Fuller-bodied, it harkens to the Northern Rhône in its savoriness, but its pedigree is Central Coast through and through. 
 
Fermented in stainless steel. Aged 20 months in 56% new French oak.
93% Jespersen Ranch, Edna Valley, 7% Sorso Vineyard, Paso Robles Willow Creek District
 

Ratings

95 pts, Vinous | "Shimmering purple. Vibrant black/blue fruit, incense and potpourri qualities on the assertively perfumed nose, which takes on exotic spice, vanilla and candied licorice flourishes with air. Palate-staining, finely detailed cassis, bitter cherry, dark chocolate, allspice and violet pastille flavors show a deft blend of heft and finesse. The floral and spice notes echo on an extremely long, penetrating finish that's shaped by polished, harmonious tannins. 56% new French oak." - Josh Raynolds
 
93 pts, Wine Enthusiast
 
93-95 pts, Jeb Dunnuck | One of my favorites in the lineup is the 2018 The Source. It's based on 97% Syrah and 3% Grenache that's still aging in 56% new French oak. It offers an intoxicating nose of black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, bacon fat, and spring flowers that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with good acidity and fine tannins, it has one foot in the Northern Rhône and one foot in the Central Coast.
 

Winemaking

Varietals were handpicked in October and November at the peak of flavor ripeness and phenolic maturity. Grapes were carefully cluster sorted, 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. After a cold maceration, élevage included daily punch-downs, pump-overs and pneumotage. The wine rested for 20 months 56% new French oak. Bottled on June 23, 2020.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
97% Syrah, 3% Grenache
Appellation
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
Jespersen Ranch Vineyard (Edna Valley) and Sorso Vineyard (Willow Creek District, Paso Robles)
Alcohol %
14.7
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