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2017 Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Sourced from across Santa Barbara County, this vintage is comprised of a mix of the Estrella and clone 383 from Block 7 with a touch of Syrah from the celebrated White Hawk Vineyard in Los Alamos. The distinctly different soil types between these two vineyards translated to very different characteristics in the grapes themselves, exacerbated by the weather across these two different microclimates. The 2017 growing season experienced winter rain followed by a warm spring. Higher temperatures in late summer hastened the start of harvest. Although yields were lighter and fruit clusters smaller, the berries showed deeply concentrated flavor.

Wine Tips:

Aromas of red oak smoke, star anise and cured meats dominate the nose. A rich, round palate follows with layers of black cherry, freshly tilled earth and subtle toasted meringue. The tannins are ripe and resolved, cradling the fruit to the finish. This complex wine opens and evolves with time in the glass or with decanting.