Vineyard and Region Information: 2017 was a beautiful vintage for our estate Syrah vineyard which is the primary source of fruit for this wine. Our steep hillsides are only six miles from the Pacific and located right next to a major wind gap that allows the cool coastal breezes and fog to flow over the vineyard. We saw excellent color and flavor development at lower sugar levels yielding a modest 13.8% alcohol in the final wine. Yields and quality were excellent.
Wine Notes: We have been steadily increasing the quantity of whole clusters used with this wine as we find that it can amplify mouthfeel and savory qualities in the finished wine. We also included a small amount of Viognier in some of the fermentations which can add additional complexity and accentuate the floral qualities that exist with our Syrah.
The one quality of Syrah we rarely find and we seek to capture in every Syrah label are floral aromatics. When you nose meets a glass with this wine in it, you will understand why capturing this quality of Syrah is one of our principal goals with this grape. Everyone we've poured this wine for immediately comments they have never smelled Syrah like this before. And the pleasure doesn't stop there. On the palate, this is a classic expression of the varietal: juicy plums, dark berries, iron and pepper. The grapes were fermented 46% whole cluster, which add really nice length to the finish. In short, this will be a hard wine to keeps your hands off from.