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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.

2012 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2012 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
100% Clover Creek Vineyard

Production: 80 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.8%
pH: 3.59
Titratable acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to three years
Bottle price: $28

Located between Solvang and Santa Ynez near the Santa Ynez River, Clover Creek Vineyard gets more of the afternoon ocean breezes than sites that lie further away. This cooling effect is responsible for the longer ripening period of the Syrah from this site compared to our other Syrah source, Alisos Vineyard.

The grapes were harvested on October 18th with a sugar content of 25.2 Brix. They were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open top fermenter. After a thirteen day fermentation period, the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to two French oak puncheons and a new Hungarian oak barrel. The wine was aged for 17 months and then blended; 27% of the wine is from the new oak barrel and the balance from the older oak puncheons. The blend was fined, filtered and bottled in April 2014.

The wine has a vibrant medium dark ruby color. The aroma begins with a floral quality then follows with candied cherries and white chocolate. On the palate, the flavors are similar to the aromas, with an emphasis on cherry pie. The wine’s texture is smooth, with silky tannins, and a refreshing bite of acidity at the finish.

Enjoy this wine with grilled meats, sausages and grilled vegetables.

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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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