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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 on our estate vineyard 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.

In the cellar, we fermented the batches separately in small open-top fermenters. After a 5-day cold soak and warm ferment, we gently pressed and completed the fermentation in French oak barrels. This technique contributes to the round, plush mouthfeel and distinctive aromas we see in this vintage. The blend was made from individually selected barrels of Syrah to create a balanced wine expressing everything we love about Syrah in Santa Barbara County.

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.