Santa Barbara County
This is a really powerful and intensely flavored wine that is also lively enough to be engaging and delicious right now. The wine is made from a blend of all of our syrah vineyards, and the farming is strict-we aim for very low yields. For the last several vintages we have blended quite a bit of grenache and mourvedre in the blend, which gives the wine greater complexity and aromatic interest.
Blend: Syrah 91.25% Grenache 5% Mourvedre 3.75% | Vineyards: Bien Nacido 20%, Roll 22.5 %, Melville 12.5%, White Hawk 17.5%, Thompson Syrah 12.5% Thompson Grenache 5%,Thompson Mourvedre 3.75% & Mix Syrah 6.75% | Alcohol: 15.0% | Vinification: 20% New French Oak | Barrel Aging: 14 Months | Total Production: 1782 cases
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Inky ruby. Textbook syrah on the nose: cherry, cassis, black olive, flowers and cracked pepper. Juicy, mineral-laced dark berry flavors deliver solid punch and are impressively lithe. Smoky minerals gain strength with air and carry through a long, sappy finish. This is already delicious.” – JR 90 Points