The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night.
Winemaker's 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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