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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.

2009 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2009 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 69 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
pH: 3.49
Titratable acidity: 0.63 g/mL
Cellaring potential: 3 to 5 years
Bottle price: $28

 

The 2009 harvest was very close to ideal for the Syrah grapes at Clover Creek
Vineyard. The relatively mild weather allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. For that
reason, our first harvest occurred on September 18th, our second on September
29th, and our last on October 3rd.
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into our small open top
fermenters. After a two week fermentation period, the wine was pressed, settled
and racked into French oak barrels for aging. Only 25% of the wine was aged in
new French oak barrels. This judicious use of new oak allows the fruit character
of the Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard to shine through. The wine was gently
fined, filtered and bottled in April 2011.
The wine is a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of
black cherries, plums and nuances of toasted oak. On the palate, the wine is
immediately rich, with smooth flavors of black cherries and plums. The wine’s
rich body is well integrated with the tannins resulting in a smooth texture. The
wine’s excellent acidity counters the richness of the opulent fruit creating a
concentrated but balanced wine. I feel this is one of the most complex vintages
of Clover Creek Syrah that we have produced.
Serve this wine with steaks, and other grilled meats

The 2009 harvest was very close to ideal for the Syrah grapes at Clover Creek Vineyard. The relatively mild weather allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. For that reason, our first harvest occurred on September 18th, our second on September29th, and our last on October 3rd.

 

The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into our small open top fermenters. After a two week fermentation period, the wine was pressed, settled and racked into French oak barrels for aging. Only 25% of the wine was aged in new French oak barrels. This judicious use of new oak allows the fruit character of the Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard to shine through. The wine was gently fined, filtered and bottled in April 2011.

 

The wine is a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of black cherries, plums and nuances of toasted oak. On the palate, the wine is immediately rich, with smooth flavors of black cherries and plums. The wine’s rich body is well integrated with the tannins resulting in a smooth texture. The wine’s excellent acidity counters the richness of the opulent fruit creating a concentrated but balanced wine. I feel this is one of the most complex vintages of Clover Creek Syrah that we have produced.

 

Serve this wine with steaks, and other grilled meats

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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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