Vineyard and Region Information: It is widely accepted that Syrah only reveals its true character, potential and vineyard terrior when planted on steep hillsides. Great vineyards in Hermitage, Cornas and in Cote Rotie are testaments to the labor of love nurturing the best expressions of the ancient Syrah grape. The Gabilan Mountains are a sizable range of rugged granitic and calcareous limestone rich mountains that run down the East side of the Salinas Valley, in Monterey County. Located six miles south of Calera's Mount Harlan AVA, the Coastview Vineyard is perched at 2,400 ft looking over the Salinas Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey Bay. The region is hardly hospitable to any crop other than low yielding, character rich wine grapes. It's for this very reason that about half of our production is sourced from these remote mountainous vineyards. We love sharing the story of the Gabilan Mountains through our wines - Coastview Syrah was our first chapter of this story starting in 2007.
Vintage Notes: The 2013 vintage was beautiful in all respects and a strong follow on to 2012.
Wine Notes: The wine has a complex nose of dark mountain berries, hints of violets and a brooding deep Syrah character that can only come from the granitic soils. The beautiful aromatics are enhanced by the 5% Viognier co-fermented with the Syrah grapes. Racy and vibrant on the palate with fine building tannins resulting in a long unfolding and sappy finish. As the wine is exposed to air, the fruit dimension expands and the wine gains depth and further complexities. While approachable and enjoyable now, this wine will really come together over the next one to five years and continue evolving beautifully for another 10-20.
Wine Reviews: - Antonio Galloni, Vinous. 93 points "The 2013 Syrah Coastview Vineyard is dark, fleshy and succulent. Even so, it is a fairly intense wine that needs time to fully come together. Smoke, tobacco, leather, licorice and game open up in a big, ample Syrah endowed with real personality."