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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2008 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2008 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek vineyard – 100%

Production: 83 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
pH: 3.49
Titratable acidity: .62 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: Two to four years
Bottle price: $28

We are delighted to release our fifth vintage of Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard. The warmer harvest season of 2008 resulted in the Syrah grapes being picked about a week earlier than previous vintages. The Estrella clone was harvested on October 3rd and the 877 clone on October 11th.

The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters for a ten day fermentation period. The wine was pressed off and settled before being transferred to French oak barrels for aging. I chose to use just 20% new oak barrels in order to preserve the natural fruit aromas and flavors of the wine. It was blended and bottled in early April 2010.

This Syrah has a dark purple color and the aromas are a mixture of black cherries, cranberries, molasses, and a hint of mint. On the palate the wine is rich and full bodied with flavors similar to what the aromas offer. The soft tannins give the wine a smooth texture, while the acidity contributes to the long lingering finish.

Serve this wine with rich hearty dishes such as lamb stew and mushrooms.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
June 1, 2010

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Other Past Releases

2000 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2001 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2001 Syrah - Rex - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2002 Grenache - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah - Santa Barbara County
2003 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah-Port - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2003 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2004 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2004 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2004 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2005 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2005 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2005 Syrah - Vino Dulce - Santa Barbara County
2005 Grenache - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2006 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2006 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2006 Syrah - Reserva - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2007 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2007 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2008 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2008 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2009 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2009 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2010 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2010 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2011 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2011 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2012 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2012 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County
2013 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley
2013 Grenache - Santa Barbara County
2014 Syrah - Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

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