swirlyDusty Lane winds down and around Dierke’s organically certified hillside vineyard. Tucked away on a southern facing slope, the site is consistently flushed with onshore cooling at dawn and dusk, resulting in extended flavor development and vibrant fruit character. We employed severe cluster dropping to ensure ripening of the miniscule yields in the cool 2011 vintage. Meticulous organic farming, yet driven by Mother Nature, ensured we were able to harvest and bottle a very limited amount of wine from this extreme Sonoma Coast Syrah site.

Dense Roman purple fades outward to a dark mauve perimeter in the 2011 Dusty Lane Syrah. Initial notes of fresh Santa Rosa plums linger briefly before intense aromas suggest sweet cinnamon, toasted coriander seeds and wild smoked game. Black cherries tumble out of the glass into the mouth. The fresh fruit bursts with flavors of dark plum and Mission fig coating the palate. This wine has noble structure and grip that in the end leads to a savory mineral driven finish. A great example of a cool-climate Syrah that is drinking well now yet will age with finesse.


Released: Fall 2013

 
 


GROWERS:

John Dierke
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Western Sebastopol
VARIETAL:
Syrah
SELECTION:
Alban
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2006
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
November 1st
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 

THE WINE ADVOCATE #206, April 2013
(93–95) points
“The 2011 Syrah Dusty Lane shows its characteristic aromatic lift and pure inner fragrance from the very first taste. Freshly cut flowers, sage, mint crushed rocks and dried red stone fruits all come to life in a vivid, utterly compelling Syrah. This is another drop-dead gorgeous Syrah from Eric Sussman and Radio-Coteau that convinces with its purity and integrity rather than for its sheer power. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. ” — Antonio Galloni

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
May/June 2013
92–93 points
“Bright purple. Intense, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dark berry liqueur, olive tapenade, cracked pepper and violet. Very syrah, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors that show very good depth and power. Smoothly balances richness and vivacity and finishes with gentle tannic grip and excellent persistence. ”— Josh Raynolds

 

 
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