The 2017 Syrah is composed of grapes from four different blocs from three different vineyards. Leaning heavily on the Lafond Vineyard and their cool climate grapes, this wine captures the bright peppery notes often associated with Syrah. The addition of grapes from the warmer Joughin Vineyard add body and ripe fruit flavors that blend beautifully to create a wine of wonderful harmony.
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.
Winemaker Comments: Joughin Vineyard, outside of Los Olivos, is generally picked two weeks before the cooler Sta. Rita Hills components. Joughin V is jammier, but without the cool climate spice and pepper of the Sta. Rita Hills fruit. Blended together they offer a complete taste of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 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.
2017 Syrah - Santa Ynez Valley
45% Joughin Vineyard
43% Lafond Vineyard
7% Hilltop Ranch
5% Lafond Grenache
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
October 3, 12, 18, & 19, 2017
Sugar: 24.2 - 25.7 Brix
August 6, 2019
45 barrel lot
18% new French & Hungarian oak
Production: 1,128 cases
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