HARVESTED: September 11-30, 2019
VINEYARD: Santa Cruz Mountains
SOILS: loamy clay
BOTTLED: April 2021, 224 cases
COMPOSITION: 100% Syrah
WINEMAKER: Charlie Miller
VINEYARD MANAGER: Thayer Dunwoody
Spring was long and cold with plenty of rain throughout the region. For those vineyards that started bloom after the rains, the crop was very strong. Everything seemed to come late – from budbreak to bloom and right on through varaison. Ripening came about at a snail’s pace, ultimately making for wines with great flavor at lower alcohol levels.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted, and in most cases destemmed. Fermented in small lots, a combination of inoculated and indigenous yeast ferments for a combination of control and complexity. Punched down twice daily, left on the skins for an average of 15 days. Once dry, free run was drained and pomace was lightly basket pressed. 19 months in neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A complex menagerie of flavors and aromas; everything from roses to plums, violets and lavender, leather and cola, black olives and sage. Light tannins and a round and juicy mouthfeel make for a most inviting glass of wine.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-7 years.