We are excited to release our 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara at the Tasting Room on Saturday March 19th! If you are in Ojai from 4pm to 8pm come taste the new Syrah Santa Barbara and enjoy fabulous food! The weather is sure to be great, enjoy good food, modestly priced wine—and live music!
This is one of our “wine bar” events where we only serve up glasses and bottles (sorry, no flights). Try the new Syrah Santa Barbara for $9 a glass or check out one of our Syrah Santa Barbara library selections ($12) and see how complex and interesting it gets with age. We’ll offer special bottle pricing for the night ($24.99, regular $32.50)–so now is the time to stock up!
This is our 32nd vintage of syrah! So, is this 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara County just like the previous vintages? Well, no, and that’s been the fabulous thing about remaining a tiny, crafty winery. Instead of focusing on growing the size of the operation we have focused on growing the craft. Lots of talk, lots of tasting, and plenty of experimentation over the years has brought us to this point.
And the point is that in 2014 we produced a particularly accessible, delicious wine. More than ever we are focused on bringing out syrah’s peppery, food friendly personality by avoiding harvesting over-ripe grapes. And in the winery we’ve modified our fermentation and aging regime to bring out the natural exuberance of this fascinating grape varietal. The 2014 is comprised of mostly cool climate syrah grapes from vineyards stretching from Santa Maria to Lompoc in northern Santa Barbara County. While warmer sites produce easygoing if thick versions of the varietal, cooler sites preserve the lively, exotic floral and spicy side of syrah—and that’s the style that we like to drink and share with friends.
The 2014 is comprised of 53% Sebastiano Syrah, 22% Roll Ranch Syrah, 6% White Hawk Syrah, 5% Bien Nacido Syrah, and 14% Sebastiano Grenache. The wine was fermented in small open topped fermenters using 25% whole clusters and was pressed off into mostly older French oak barrels for 12 months of aging. Bottled in November of 2015, this beauty is already showing off its stuff.
We look forward to seeing you at the Tasting Room to taste some of Syrah Santa Barbara!
P.S. Stay tuned for our Rose release!