2012 Reserve Syrah Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain


Of the 53 barrels of wine we produced for the 2012 vintage, we found 12 that were unique, distinctive and stood above the rest of the wines. From these twelve barrels we produced two separate reserve wines. The Reserve Syrah is a blend of three different clones of Syrah. One from Australia where it is called Shiraz (33%).  And two whose origins are from France, including the famed Beaucastel clone. The three clones combined together create a fantastic combination that demonstrates great complexity.  The wines were aged in six separate barrels, comprised of 66% new American Oak and 34% new French Oak. The combination of fruit and oak flavors is intense and will age well, improving with each year in the bottle.


Big, bold fruit flavors, balanced by complex oak components. Three separate clones of Syrah were combined and aged in 66% new American Oak and 34% new French oak were combined to give this wine a high level of complexity and a diversity of flavors. 144 Cases Produced. 91 pts, Stephen Tanzer, 90 pts Wine Enthusiast.  Learn more ...

Varietal100% Syrah
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardCiel du Ceval
Aging22 months in 66% New American Oak and 34% New French Oak
Fermentation100% Frenck Oak Roller Barrel
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml

91 points. Stephen Tanzer, December 2014.

(15.5% alcohol; aged in 100% new oak, two-thirds American and one-third French; a shiraz clone from Australia makes up one-third of this wine): Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet and chocolate mint. Densely packed but vibrant and delineated, with penetrating ripe acidity framing the flavors of blackberry pastille, flowers, bitter chocolate and exotic white fruits. This deep, tactile wine has the balance and sex appeal to provide early pleasure but also the chewy, ripe tannins and length to support several years of development in bottle.

2012 Production Team

A grower owned winery, Côtes de Ciel was founded in 2012 by the Holmes family of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. At Côtes de Ciel, we believe that all wine starts its journey in the vineyard and moves through the winery. Throughout this process, many people make a significant contribution and impact on the wine. Below are a few of the key people that impacted the 2012 vintage.

Richard Holmes Winemaker
Ryan Johnson Vineyard Manger
Sadie Drury Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

2012 Reserve Syrah Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain
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