The Deep End of the Anderson Valley is what the locals call the Northwestern end of the valley before the redwoods swoop down the Navarro River to the Pacific Ocean. Above the town of Philo sits the Broken Leg Vineyard. Originally planted in 1979, Steve and Jody Williams have named it as such due to Steve breaking his leg planting the very steep and terraced vineyard. Late ripening due to cold air from the ocean, this fruit came in late October.
We only received about 1 ton of it, so we decided to go all in with whole cluster. A long cool fermentation on native yeasts with minimal intervention, this wine was raised in two 228L vessels, one neutral and one once filled. This wine sat on its original lees for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Appearance demonstrates the classic Syrah grape; dark purple with blueish hues - saturated and slightly opaque. Aromas are fruit-centric with blackberries, black plums, and cassis; followed by more mineral-driven notes of pencil lead, gravel, and damp soil, with a hint of tar. On the palate, medium tannins, toasty notes from used barrels, and a very focused minerality. A full-bodied wine, but with low alcohol and acidity brightening up the finish.