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Clos Mimi Syrah Santa Barbara County White Hawk 2002

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Clos Mimi's only wine from the 2002 vintage comes from "white hawk vineyard," a vineyard containing 15-45% slopes located 18 miles from the winery. Jeff Newton planted this vineyard in 1998 on ancient sand dunes. Jeff farmed "white hawk" from 1998 thru 2002 and Clos Mimi had been on the waiting list for these grapes since 2000. The soil at "white hawk" is pure sand deposited over soft sandstone. The climate here is very cool thanks to the vineyard's proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Point Conception. Clos Mimi purchased grapes from a 1.29-acre block. Here vines are planted 5 feet apart. This block is planted with the UCD#6 clone of syrah on 140Ru. In 2002 yields were 25.6 hectoliters per hectare (1.64 tons per acre). Harvest was the 29th of October. Sugar content in the grapes was 24.0° brix. The grapes were 100% destemmed. The grapes were 100% treaded by foot. The wine was fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts. Total maceration was 51 days exactly two full moons after harvest. The wine was racked barrel-to-barrel one time on the summer solstice in 2003. Greatly inspired by Guigal's La Landonne, the 2002 Clos Mimi "white hawk vineyard" is my first syrah to spend 42 months in barrel and my first syrah to be aged in 100% new Seguin Moreau barrels. The wine was never pumped, acidulated, fined or filtered. The wine was bottled by hand via gravity on Clos Mimi's own equipment. There is no press wine in the bottle. Alcohol content is 14.5%. 100% syrah. Total production

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Winery: Clos Mimi
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Clos Mimi:
Established in 1996 by Tim and Mimi Spear, Clos Mimi is a "très petite" winery located in Santa Maria, California. Clos Mimi is French for "Mimi's enclosed vineyard" expressing Tim's timeless endearment to his children's mother, his wife, his business partner, his best friend and his soul mate. Inspired by the greatest "monocépage" wines of Burgundy, Côte Rotie and Hermitage, Clos Mimi is commi... Read more
Established in 1996 by Tim and Mimi Spear, Clos Mimi is a "très petite" winery located in Santa Maria, California. Clos Mimi is French for "Mimi's enclosed vineyard" expressing Tim's timeless endearment to his children's mother, his wife, his business partner, his best friend and his soul mate. Inspired by the greatest "monocépage" wines of Burgundy, Côte Rotie and Hermitage, Clos Mimi is committed to vineyard designated, one hundred percent Syrah farmed by small family growers in Paso Robles and Santa Ynez. Tim is the "vigneron" for Clos Mimi. Thanks to his traditional convictions from a previous lifetime, Tim is "très religieux" in his pursuit of natural winegrowing. In 1988 Tim had the good fortune of interning alongside a young Jean-Louis Chave in California. Three years later while spending an entire day hiking the steep vineyards of Hermitage in Jean-Louis' royal company and tasting the unblended and highly spiritual 1990 Chave Hermitage from "barrique," Tim was smitten by Syrah. Between the "Exposition Universelle" may 1855 in Paris and the first performance of Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème's" 1 february 1896 in Turin, Mimi and Tim fell in love once upon a time. Read less

Clos Mimi's only wine from the 2002 vintage comes from "white hawk vineyard," a vineyard containing 15-45% slopes located 18 miles from the winery. Jeff Newton planted this vineyard in 1998 on ancient sand dunes. Jeff farmed "white hawk" from 1998 thru 2002 and Clos Mimi had been on the waiting list for these grapes since 2000. The soil at "white hawk" is pure sand deposited over soft sandstone. The climate here is very cool thanks to the vineyard's proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Point Conception. Clos Mimi purchased grapes from a 1.29-acre block. Here vines are planted 5 feet apart. This block is planted with the UCD#6 clone of syrah on 140Ru. In 2002 yields were 25.6 hectoliters per hectare (1.64 tons per acre). Harvest was the 29th of October. Sugar content in the grapes was 24.0° brix. The grapes were 100% destemmed. The grapes were 100% treaded by foot. The wine was fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts. Total maceration was 51 days exactly two full moons after harvest. The wine was racked barrel-to-barrel one time on the summer solstice in 2003. Greatly inspired by Guigal's La Landonne, the 2002 Clos Mimi "white hawk vineyard" is my first syrah to spend 42 months in barrel and my first syrah to be aged in 100% new Seguin Moreau barrels. The wine was never pumped, acidulated, fined or filtered. The wine was bottled by hand via gravity on Clos Mimi's own equipment. There is no press wine in the bottle. Alcohol content is 14.5%. 100% syrah. Total production

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