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Torrin Vineyard

Akasha 2007

Akasha 2007

The 2007 Akasha is 100% Syrah of which 85% is from our estate Vineyard and 15% is from the famed James Berry Vineyard.  This wine is insane.  We are big fans of the prefermentation cold soak which usually lasts around 7 to 10 days before native yeast initiate the fermentation.  This year the natives must have taken a vacation.  After 14 days of cold soak on roughly 30% stems, the must was jet black, beautifully rich and intense, but completely inactive.  So we inoculated with cultured yeast and got the ball rolling.  The fermentation then continued for nearly three weeks prior to pressing at dryness.  The wine was then aged in a combination of new and once used French Barriques and new French 500L puncheons.  After about 8 months in barrels the wine was blended and returned to barrels.  Here it remained until bottling unfined and unfiltered in April 2009.  While I think this is an incredible wine and an amazing expression of the varietal I will concede that it is indeed tight and could use a bit of time.  This wine is impressive now, but will undoubtedly have the legs to go 7 to 10 years.  162 cases produced.  $60.

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