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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.

2011 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2011 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
100% Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 90 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
pH: 3.64
Titratable acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to four years
Bottle price: $28

Clover Creek Vineyard has always produced a distinctly different Syrah than our other source, Alisos Vineyard. Although Clover Creek is located in Santa Ynez, because of its location close to the banks of the Santa Ynez River the cooling maritime breezes moderate the warm temperatures. I believe this cooling effect gives the Syrah the bright fruit characteristics.

Both of the clones we work with at Clover Creek, the 877 and the Estrella, were harvested on October 20th, with sugar levels of 23.1 and 24.0 Brix respectively. The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters. After a two day cold soak period the must was inoculated with a commercial yeast strain chosen to enhance the fruit character of the Syrah grape. Following a 10 day fermentation period, the wine was pressed off, settled for four days and then racked to French oak barrels. Only 16% of the barrels were new, allowing the fruit aromas and flavors to come forward with very little new oak influence. After 16 months of barrel aging, the two clonal lots were blended then lightly fined, filtered and bottled in late April, 2013.

The wine has a medium ruby color. The aromas are a blend of dried cherries and redwood bark with a hint of oak vanillin. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a soft texture and flavors of berries and plum with a hint of toasted oak in the finish. The acidity of this year's wine is lower than many of the previous vintages, giving the wine a fuller, softer texture, and making the wine more immediately drinkable.

Enjoy this wine with burgers, grilled meats and sausages.

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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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