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Granted, it is a struggle to ripen Syrah at Duvarita Vineyard. Planted west of the Santa Rita Hills appellation near the town of Lompoc, it wasn’t thought to be possible. The gentle southerly slope provides some reprieve, but the fruiting zone of the trellising has to be low—partly to protect the vines from the relentless wind, and partly to capture some radiant heat and light from the poor sandy soil. We admire the throw-caution-to-the-wind spirit of plantings like Duvarita. We also find these cool, marginal locations provide a more vivid and unique expression of vintage. That said, what’s consistent with this wine is its voluminous intensity, which was not expected from such a cool climate spot. It showcases elegant power and savory depth coupled with high-toned acidity, and has all the bones to age well. Under previous ownership the vineyard was known as Presidio, and our first one from 2005 is showing its best right now. These wines do age well!

Blend: 100% Syrah | Alc: 14% | Vinification: traditional open top fermentation | Barrel Aging: 18 months in neutral French Oak | Total Production: 139 cases

Press Reviews

Jeb Dunnuck

“The cool climate site located just outside of the Sta. Rita Hills has turned out a Northern Rhône-like Syrah in the 2015 Syrah Duvarita. Structured, tannin, and in need of 2-3 years of bottle age, it offers textbook cassis, bay leaf, bacon fat, ground pepper, and tapenade. Possessing gorgeous purity of fruit, good acidity, and a great finish, it’s a stunner.” Jeb Dunnuck 95+ Points

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous

“The 2015 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard is incredibly primary at this stage, with little in the way of aromatic nuance that will surely develop in bottle. Inky red and purplish berry fruit flavors are very much front and center, with a level of sheer depth that pretty much buries the tannins. Floral top notes add nuance to the silky finish in a Syrah that needs time in the cellar to show off its considerable pedigree. There is so much to look forward to. “AG 93+ Points

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