Winemaker Bruce McGuire is an early pioneer in blending Syrah grown throughout the east-west traverse of the Santa Ynez Valley. Because Syrah is proving to be a rare example of a varietal that can be grown in all temperature zones found in our valley, blending vineyard sites has become an intriguing endeavor.
This bottling of Syrah highlights both the cool climate forward flavors of white pepper and lavender, and the jammier full fruit character experienced in the back of the mouth courtesy of the warmer eastern Santa Ynez Valley.
Most of the wine was aged in small 60-gallon French and Hungarian barrels as Syrah benefits from ample barrel time. Pair with rustic fare, slightly charred grilled meats, spring lamb, seared Ahi, and washed rind cheeses.
Winemaker Comments: The 2016 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah produced small canopies and clusters due to the ongoing drought. This results in a nice, concentrated wine, just not very much of it.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Syrah is inky purple with aromas of blackberry, dried herbs, and white pepper. A blend of both cool climate and warmer climate grapes -- this wine has a deep richness that is nicely cut by its acidity. Full-bodied, with rich flavors of baked blueberries and ripe plum. Drink with a hard aged gouda, braised beef, or any BBQ. This wine loves some char.
Gold Medal 2019 San Jouquin Wine Competition
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020
Wine Enthusiast- 90 points
2016 Syrah - Santa Ynez Valley
53% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
27% Joughin Vineyard Syrah
17% Hilltop Ranch Syrah
3% Thompson Vineyard Grenache
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
September 29 - October 12, 2016
Sugar: 24.7 - 25.3 Brix
March 20, 2018
Total Acid: .71
16 barrel lot, 18% new oak
15 months in barrel
Production: 909 cases
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