Vineyard Notes: This is our third release of the Coastview Syrah “Terraces” bottling. When 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: 2016 was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed us to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. These vines are just nine years old at this vintage. Since this vintage, we have vinified four additional vintages and we can say with confidence that the expression of this vineyard continues to deepen.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: An alluring combination of deep black and purple fruits with savory roasted meats that is interwoven beautifully. A distinct crushed rock minerality rides just below the surface. On the palate, this wine is explosive with dense bramble berry fruit that hits the mid palate powerfully and then runs long. The granite soils of this vineyard promote high natural acidity. We fermented this wine with 2/3s whole clusters and nothing added to it. The tannins are fine and sappy. This wine is just beginning to come together. With the depth of fruit, acidity and freshness this wine has now, one could expect it to age gracefully for at least two decades, with four to five years getting it closer to its sweet spot. Decanting and giving it air time will also serve this wine well for near term drinking.
"The 2016 Syrah Coastview Vineyard – Terraces is bright, finely cut and absolutely impeccable. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice and mint all grace this attractive, mid-weight Syrah. The 64% whole clusters add a good bit of aromatic complexity without overpowering the wine. The Terraces offers a slightly darker fruit profile, bright acids and a bit more structure than the straight Coastview Syrah. It is such a gorgeous, expressive wine." 95 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous