Vineyard and Region Information: Sixty-Two Terraces is made up of two steeply terraced blocks that start just above the winery and follow a spur ridge almost to the top of the main ridge. The north-south rows create the terraces with a western exposure.The lower block is planted to Alban 'Power Block' selection and the upper block is planted to both Alban 'The Knolls' Viognier and 'Baby Block' Syrah selection. The poor, rocky ridge top soils make for very low yielding vines with small clusters of fruit with smaller berries. The resulting wine is typically some of the more intense Syrah that comes out of our vineyard.
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.
Wine Notes: This is our second vintage of the Sixty-Two Terraces Syrah. We aged this wine exclusively in 300 liter hogs heads, with one out of four being new very tight grain French oak with a long light toast. We have found this particular combination provides the greatest transparency and least noticeable oak impact. We also upped the percentage of whole clusters used in the fermentations which lifts the aromatic profile while adding some structure to the wine.
An enticing nose that is among the most savory we have seen from the estate. It is brooding and dark with a melange of dark wild berry fruit and baking spices, and yes, it is as compelling and complex as it sounds. Intense and concentrated on the palate, though with a silky and sustained finish with distinct notes of anise, huckleberries and rosemary-roasted meat. On day 2 the fruit was more prominent and discernible as plums and mulberries with hints of leather and cardamom. Intense and vibrant on the palate, with substantial extract that coats the palate and finishes long. While approachable now, this wine will certainly gain more expression and body with another year or two in bottle, and then should age easily for another 10-20 years.
”The 2016 Syrah Sixty-Two Terraces comes from a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, from steep slopes and relatively younger vines, and it saw 27% stems and 21 months in barrel. A sweet bouquet of red and black fruits, tobacco, smoked meats, peppery herbs, and bouquet garni flows to a medium to full-bodied, voluptuous Syrah with beautiful depth of fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This is another terrific Syrah I'd be happy to drink any time over the coming decade.” Jeb Dunnuck. 94 Points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous. 93+ Points Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 92 Points