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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.

2006 Syrah - Reserva
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2006 Syrah - Reserva

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 24 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.9%
pH: 3.64
Titratable acidity: .62g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to eight years
Bottle price: $$45

 

The Syrah from Alisos Vineyard has always produced one of my favorite wines.
Characteristically, this vineyard makes a very dense, moderately tannic, tightly wound
Syrah that is more similar in style to Northern Rhone than the typical Californian or
Australian version.
While our wines from this vineyard have generally received high marks from the critics
and are enjoyed by our loyal customers, they take longer to appeal to the average palate.
Due to this time variable, I began to think about what I could do to make the wine more
approachable without sacrificing the intensity of the wine. When it came time to bottle
the 2006 Alisos Vineyard Syrah, I decided to leave one barrel out of the blend for longer
aging. My plan was to continue to taste from the barrel over many months and let the
wine signal when it’s time to bottle. I decided to bottle in April 2010.
The wine was aged in French oak for a total of 41 months, with an additional 6 months
in bottle before being released November 1, 2010. Adopting the Spanish term for a
wine aged for at least 3 years in barrel, we appropriately designated it Reserva.
It displays the same dark, near black color that is characteristic of our Alisos Syrah.
The wine’s complex aromatics are similar to the traditional bottling, but with the added
nuance of vanillin and toast from its extended time in French oak. There is also a
leather-like aroma that the traditional bottling does not have. On the palate the wine
is silky smooth with a hint of the toast and vanillin from the barrel. The finish is more
complex and lingers longer than that of its counterpart. Although this wine is now four
years old it could still benefit from several years more of bottle aging.
Enjoy with a variety of hearty dishes featuring meats of all types.

The Syrah from Alisos Vineyard has always produced one of my favorite wines. Characteristically, this vineyard makes a very dense, moderately tannic, tightly wound Syrah that is more similar in style to Northern Rhone than the typical Californian or Australian version.

While our wines from this vineyard have generally received high marks from the critics and are enjoyed by our loyal customers, they take longer to appeal to the average palate. Due to this time variable, I began to think about what I could do to make the wine more approachable without sacrificing the intensity of the wine. When it came time to bottle the 2006 Alisos Vineyard Syrah, I decided to leave one barrel out of the blend for longer aging. My plan was to continue to taste from the barrel over many months and let the wine signal when it’s time to bottle. I decided to bottle in April 2010.

The wine was aged in French oak for a total of 41 months, with an additional 6 months in bottle before being released November 1, 2010. Adopting the Spanish term for awine aged for at least 3 years in barrel, we appropriately designated it Reserva.

It displays the same dark, near black color that is characteristic of our Alisos Syrah.The wine’s complex aromatics are similar to the traditional bottling, but with the added nuance of vanillin and toast from its extended time in French oak. There is also a leather-like aroma that the traditional bottling does not have. On the palate the wine is silky smooth with a hint of the toast and vanillin from the barrel. The finish is more complex and lingers longer than that of its counterpart. Although this wine is now four years old it could still benefit from several years more of bottle aging.

Enjoy with a variety of hearty dishes featuring meats of all types.

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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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