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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2009 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 84 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
pH: 3.61
Titratable acidity: 0.64 g/100 ml
Cellaring potential: Five to seven years
Bottle price: $34

We are pleased to release another example of exceptional Syrah from Alisos Vineyard, located a few miles east of Los Alamos. Harvest took place September 20th, exactly the same day as in 2008, although in 2009 the sugar content was slightly higher.

The grapes were destemmed into small open top fermenters and cold soaked for four days before being inoculated. After 15 days of fermentation, the grapes were pressed off and the wine settled in a tank before being transferred to French oak barrels of which 25% were new. Because of its intensity and tannic structure, I extended the barrel aging time to 26 months from our usual 20 months. The wine was fined and filtered before being bottled on February 1, 2012.

It has the typical dark, opaque color of Syrah from Alisos Vineyard. The aromas are of boysenberries and currants with hints of black pepper in the background. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with rich flavors of berries and vanilla. The moderate tannins combined with relatively high acidity gives the wine a bright persistence and long finish, which makes this wine an ideal companion with hearty meals such as lamb stew, lamb shanks or other flavorful meat dishes.

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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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