Named for Ron Melville's wife, Donna's block is planted atop twenty feet of sand in the northeast section of the vineyard and is composed of equal parts clone 1 and Estrella clone. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral barrel, this wine provides vividly enhanced aromatics and structure making it demonstrative of the extremely cool climate of the site on which it is grown.
Fruit is fermented in small 1.5 ton open-top fermenters with total skin and stem contact averaging 30 days (a 7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine is transferred directly into neutral French oak barrels where it remains sur lie with no sulfur.
100% Syrah; Clones: Estrella, Clone 1
Elevage: Aged in neutral barrel (10-20 year old French oak)
Fermentation: 100% whole cluster