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Ascona Vineyard Syrah, 2021

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California - United States
Santa Cruz
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From the Grower
""The amount of fresh blueberry and earthen spice on the nose is almost shocking! The palate leans more towards bright red fruits: Montmorency cherry and red currant, plus the savory, wild-game and pepper notes that make Syrah such an incredibly food-friendly wine.""
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  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Average age of vines: 18
  • Soil type: Sandstone, Siltstone
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 25 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.9%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Bottle weight: 440

Additional Information

Upon harvest, we simply place the fruit in small open top fermenters as 100% whole clusters. We keep the fermenters cold for 3-5 days, before allowing them to warm up to room temperature and ferment spontaneously on native yeast. The ferments are tasted daily to assess the maceration and extraction. We pressed after ~15 days on skins to neutral French oak barriques, and bottled after 9 months elevage. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Please expect some solids in the bottle especially with age. Located at ~2500 feet of elevation along South Skyline the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ascona Vineyard is farmed organically. The soils are ancient marine sedimentary deposits of loosely consolidated sandstone and siltstone, with an average southwest exposure. Warm, sunny days and cool, foggy nights are hallmarks of this site. This strong diurnal temperature variation permits phenolic ripening and stem maturation, while preserving fresh natural acidity.
Madson Wines, a collaboration between viticulturist Ken Swegles and winemaker Cole Thomas, is committed to expressing the terroir of small vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. With Swegles’ devotion to organic and biodynamic viticulture and Thomas’ light-handed vinification the two have created a voice in their wines that is unobscured, elegant and precise.
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