To create each Platinum Collection wine we start in our vineyard by selecting individual rows of vines which consistently produce the finest grapes. These vines receive meticulous care at every stage from pruning to harvest. The same precise care is given to each wine during fermentation and aging. Six barrels were selected and blended to provide the absolute best expression of our estate Syrah.
Elegantly textured, with dense layers of dark fruit and a lush finish of plum and black cherry.
Our finest mountaintop block of Syrah, with its amazingly dense, deep, rich flavor and inky color, makes up half of this blend. To complete the “Platinum” Michel-Schlumberger experience, we have selected the other barrels from two outstanding clones of Syrah grown on our steeply terraced and benchland blocks. Each of these elements adds layers of nuance, complexity and depth to this wine.
Harvest: September 9th to 14th, 2015
Fermentation: The grapes were crushed into small fermenters. After cold-soaking for three days to extract rich color, the must fermented on the skins for three weeks to obtain a richly extracted wine.
Cooperage / Aging: Aged for 22 months in finest “tight-grain” French oak barrels (50% new). Six “best barrels” were selected and blended for the optimum expression of flavor and structure for this wine.
Bottling Date: June 29th, 2017
Production: 142 Cases
Color: Dark ruby
Aromas: Black cherry and dark plum
Palate: Elegant texture with a richly layered finish of black cherry and dark plum
Wine Type: Platinum Collection
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Estate - Dry Creek Valley
Acid: 0.59 g/100ml
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