Vineyard Notes: This is our fourth 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: 2017 was an excellent vintage in virtually all respects. A good set during Spring flowering set us up for good yields. Temperatures remained fairly moderate all year until just before harvest when a substantial heat spike impacted some vineyards. Fortunately, the high elevation, mountain top exposure and proximity to Monterey Bay of the Coastview Vineyard helps moderate those heat spikes.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The last of our 2017 vintage syrahs to be released. It is finally coming out of its tightly wound and brooding shell to express savory charcuterie notes and dark layered wild berry fruit on the nose. On the palate it is concentrated with gorgeous tannins that are beginning to meld together enhancing the body. Over time, layers of dark, brooding fruit emerge and mingle with the savory notes. This is a wine that demonstrates why 100% whole cluster fermentation with quality grapes is a direction we have passionately pursued.
Reviews: 95 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous