Vineyard and Region Information: This is our second release of the Coastview Syrah “Terraces” bottling. When winemaker Bradley Brown first discovered the vineyard in 2007, he not only contracted with the owner to bud over blocks of Syrah to Grenache and Pinot noir, he also contracted to have the owner plant a special steeply terraced block to a special “Alban Baby Block” selection of Syrah paired with a rootstock he felt was ideal for the rocky soils. With each passing vintage, the vines are more fully expressing the complexity of this site and their pedigree. While evoking the classic signature terroir of the Coastview Vineyard, it is distinctly different with layers of complexity and aromatics that set it apart from the regular Coastview bottling.
Vintage Notes: 2015 was the fourth of four very dry years which started early and where harvest also came early. The big difference with prior years was the late Spring rains which caused a poor set and very low yields. Temperatures were fairly moderate throughout the year without any major spikes. The wines from this vintage have typically expressed substantial intensity and depth, though are very tightly wound in their youth.
Wine Notes: The "Terraces" Syrah possesses a complex nose of black wildberries, baking spices, hints of roasted meats, pepper and anise. It is powerful and explosive on palate with a spicy and savage side revealing itself. It unfolds with layers of black fruit, baked plums, crushed rock, spices and savory roasted meats, and hints of anise and pepper. The finish is very long and penetrating. At this point, the tannins are still lively and granular, though with time, they will melt further into the wine. We expect this wine to be at its best from 2020 to 2030.
Wine Reviews: **Jeb Dunnuck - 92+ points ** “Slightly darker colored than the straight Coastview Vineyard Syrah, the 2015 Syrah Coastview Vineyard Terraces spent 21 months in 31% new French oak. Blackberries, black cherries, scorched earth, and charred meat notes all emerge from this solid effort, which has a masculine, mineral-laced, almost granitic style on the palate. It has the purity to drink nicely today but will be better with short-term cellaring and will have 10-12 years or more of overall longevity.”