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Kessler Haak, 2021

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California - United States
Sta. Rita Hills AVA
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From the Grower
"We find aromas of black forest ham decorated with delicate violets, black pepper, olive, and umami spice. On the palate we notice very fine tannins, a savory saline quality, red apple skin, and black cherry."
vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Average age of vines: 15
  • Soil type: Loam, Sand
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 25 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.2%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Bottle weight: 440

Additional Information

We made this cuvée with 50% whole clusters, layered with the destemmed fruit in small open-topped fermenters and kept cold for 5 days. We started a small pied de cuve during the cold soak, which was added to the fruit on day 5. We used a gentle pigeage throughout to submerge the cap without much stem breakage. Pressed to neutral oak after 11 days maceration and bottled after 9 months elevage. We are in continuous exploration of Coastal California terroir, and we feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with this beautiful, organically farmed vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. With their feet in calcite-rich sandy loam, and their leaves bathed in sun and cool Pacific breeze, this vineyard produces a wine that furthers our obsession with cool-climate Syrah.
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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