Stolpman 2018 Great Places August James Syrah
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In early 2013, after a seminal visit to Domaine August Clape, we set out to model a vineyard after Clapes Reynard parcel. We propagated special pre-clonal Syrah cuttings from just 49 vines to 12,000, all head-pruned, own-rooted, and planted so densley that all work must be done by hand.
Upon popping the cork, August James shows off a concentration that can be smelled across the room - a blockbuster of blue and black fruit that is immediately backed up by a mouth-filling, soft, coating texture that lasts through a fine chalk tannin profile. Within 10 minutes that girth of body takes over the tannin to extend the voluptuous body with a splash of lively underlying energy.