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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.

2007 Syrah - Vino Dulce (Port-Style Wine)
Santa Ynez Valley

2007 Syrah - Vino Dulce (Port-Style Wine)

Technical Details

100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 147 (half bottles) cases
Alcohol by volume: 18.5%
pH: 3.46
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 6-9 years
Bottle price: $22


We are pleased and excited to release the third bottling of our port-style dessert wine, we call Vino Dulce. This wine was produced from 100% Syrah grapes grown at Clover Creek Vineyard in Santa Ynez. We used the traditional method of stopping the fermentation at the desired sugar level with the addition of 180 proof neutral spirits. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 22 months before being bottled.

The color is a very dark, opaque ruby red. The aromas are a blend of blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a hint of nutmeg and ginger spices in the background. On the palate it is immediately sweet and rich with berry flavors. The texture is smooth and not cloyingly sweet. The Syrah varietal character is evident in the flavors as well, which makes this wine unique amongst dessert wines from California.

Enjoy with the richest cheeses, fruit and nuts.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
November 2009

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