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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2008 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 98 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.2%
pH: 3.66
Titratable acidity: .58 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: Seven to Ten years
Bottle price: $34

It is always a pleasure for me to release our Syrah from Alisos Vineyard, since this vineyard site produces a wine that exhibits the classic aromas and structure of a fine Northern Rhone wine.

The 2008 growing season was excellent with ideal temperatures throughout the season. The grapes were harvested on September 20th at a moderate 24.5 Brix. They were destemmed and crushed into two small open top fermenters, and then cold soaked for six days prior to being inoculated with yeast. After 10 days of fermentation, the grapes were pressed, the wine settled in a tank, and then transferred to barrels for aging. The wine spent 22 months in French oak barrels of which 33% were new. It was lightly fined, filtered and then bottled in late July 2010.

The wine has the very dark ruby, almost purple color that is characteristic of Alisos Vineyard Syrah. The aromas are somewhat closed in, because of the wine’s youth, but with some time in the glass they begin to develop into aromas of black cherries, blackberries with hints of black pepper and anise in the background. The flavors are restrained initially, but after aerating in the glass begin to show rich extracted blackberry flavors beautifully integrated with the nuances of the oak. The tannins are strong, but silky in texture. The acidity is high for a wine of this power and extract, and this combined with the tannins will enable it to age for many years.

This wine would pair well with beef bourguignon, as well as a variety of wild game such as venison.

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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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