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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2011 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
100% Alisos

Production: 90 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.1%
pH: 3.58
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Five to eight years
Bottle price: $34

This small vineyard, located in the hills east of Los Alamos, has been an excellent source of fruit for us since the late 1990s. The 2011 harvest experienced relatively cool weather, which allowed for a long gradual ripening of the fruit. The grapes for this wine were harvested on October 26th with a sugar level of 24.0 Brix.

The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into a small open top fermenter. After a few days of cold soaking the must was inoculated and fermentation commenced. I let the skins continue to soak with the wine after fermentation was complete, pressing off after a 19-day maceration period. The wine was settled for four days then transferred to French oak barrels to begin the aging period. Recognizing this vintage's intense concentration, I chose to increase the new oak component to 53%, a higher percentage than I normally use for this wine. After aging in barrels for 25 months, the wine was racked, not fined but lightly filtered in December 2013.

The wine has the typical very dark purple red color of Alisos Syrah. The aromas are a complex array of black licorice, black cherries, black pepper and a hint of rosemary and lavender in the background. On the palate the wine is rich and extracted with medium fine tannins. The flavors are of dried black cherries with a subtle hint of rosemary. The oak is beautifully integrated with the flavors and tannins of the wine. There is the beginning of a sweet quality to the finish that will increase with additional bottle aging. I recommend decanting this wine for one hour prior to serving to allow the wine to breathe and also to allow some tartrates and sediment to be deposited in the decanter.

Pair with flatbread prepared with fresh goat cheese, balsamic reduction and seasoned arugula, braised short ribs or prime rib.

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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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