Bruce McGuire creates our Reserve Syrah by blending grapes of equal parts from the Lafond Vineyard, Hilltop Ranch, and Joughin Vineyard. Each vineyard brings its own unique characteristics, that when blended together create a Syrah of beautiful harmony. The cooler climate vineyards of Lafond and Hilltop Ranch contribute grapes with well-developed spice flavors, while the Joughin Vineyard adds the jammy fruit notes.
Winemaker Comments: For the 2016 Reserve Syrah, I selected lots with great intensity of flavor. All of the lots used undergo extender maceration which builds texture and length of finish. 1/3 of the barrels were new oak adding richenss to already intense flavors.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Reserve Syrah is deep garnet in color, with purple undertones. Warm aromas of stewed raspberry, violets, and worn leather are met by rich flavors of black cherry, plum sauce, and mild cedar. Full-bodied, with well-developed tannin structure, this wine benefits from extended time spent in contact with the grape skins. The Reserve Syrah pairs well with grilled venison, spare ribs, and grilled peppers.
2016 Reserve Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
33.3% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
33.3% Hilltop Ranch Syrah
33.3% Joughin Vineyard Syrah
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
September 29 - October 12, 2016
Sugar: 25.1 - 25.7
March 20, 2018
Total Acid: .73
6 barrel lot, 1/3 new oak
1 new French oak barrel & 1 new American oak barrel
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