Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finished both primary and secondary fermentations.
After two consecutive years of cooler vintages, normal harvest conditions were prevalent in 2012. Hot days, cool nights and plentiful sun stuck around all summer and throughout harvest. This weather allowed for leisurely ripening which permitted long hang times producing balanced and elegant wines.
Ciel du Cheval was the first vineyard planted on Red Mountain and is expertly managed by owner Jim Holmes. This wine blends 2 Syrah clones from Ciel du Cheval, Clone 174 and Tablas Creek.
Release Info: Released January 2016
Appelation: Red Mountain
• Ciel Du Cheval
• 100% Syrah
Cooperage: 40% New Frech and Hungarian oak barrels from Demptos and Radoux cooperages with the remaining 60% in older French Barrels for 21 months
Acidity & PH: 3.69 0.62
Cases: 150 Cases
Prices: $28/bottle  $302.4/case