morning picDusty 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. This vineyard gem is sourced exclusively by Radio–Coteau. In 2013 the Dusty Lane fruit was harvested on chilly October 15th after a prolonged hang time. This vintage was fermented with 38% whole cluster inclusion and aged on primary lees for a 21–month ťlevage in tight–grain French 500 liter puncheon. Quietly and patiently resting in bottle for the past six months, the powerful 2013 Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah is ready to rock. Or go the distance in a cool cellar, 10+ years.

In the glass, the 2013 Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah core is opaque and enveloped by a red mulberry ring. This cool climate Syrah balances fruit aromatics with powerful notes of wet leather, tamari beef jerky and black sesame seed paste. A lush entry fills the mouth with red and black cherries. Natural acidity compliments the brambly fruit. Ageworthy chalky tannins carry the wine to an engaging finish reminiscent of shaved fennel and charred red peppers. This wine is singing now but has characteristics of an age–worthy classic.

RELEASED: Spring 2016

 
 


GROWERS:

John Dierke
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Western Sebastopol
VARIETAL:
Syrah
SELECTION:
Alban
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2006
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
October 15th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
95 points
“The 2013 Syrah Dusty Lane presents a distinctly savory profile to match its intense, dark fruit. The inclusion of 38% whole clusters add considerable aromatic complexity, while beams of supporting tannin and acidity give the wine its sense of proportion. Dark cherry, plum, pomegranate, menthol, licorice, earthiness and black pepper are fused into the huge, enveloping finish. The tannins need a few years to settle down, but there is a lot to look forward to once that happens.” — Antonio Galloni

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, February 2016
94 points
“Like the Harrison Grade syrah recommended above, this grows on a cool, sloping field of sandy Goldridge soil in Green Valley. The Harrison Grade will probably last a bit longer, but this is actually more compelling at first glance, its virile scents of peppercorn, bay leaf and crushed raspberries explofing from the glass. Eric Sussman's use of whole clusters (38 percent) lends the fruit a feral, savory undertone that brings to mind good Cornas, though the texture here is comparatively gauzy and inviting–as supple as it is stony. This is utterly elegant, serious syrah. Decant it for squab or quail. ” — Luke Sykora

THE WINE ADVOCATE #221, October 2015
96 points
“I was blown away by the four Syrahs that Eric Sussman is producing. One of two prodigious Syrahs include the 2013 Syrah Dusty Lane. This comes from John Albanís clonal selections, probably accessed from Chave or Chapoutier Hermitage vineyards in France. Utilizing 38% whole-clusters, bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is a killer Syrah. Opaque purple in color, with notes of steak tartare, blackberry, cassis, camphor and melted asphalt, this wine is full-bodied, super-majestic, multidimensional, and just a fabulous, rich, savory offering with moderate tannin. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well for 15-20 years. Itís a compelling Syrah from Eric Sussman.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.

 

 
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