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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.

2013 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2013 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
100% Clover Creek

Production: 75 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
pH: 3.50
Titratable acidity: 0.63 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to four years
Bottle price: $30

The Terroir
Clover Creek Vineyard is located between Solvang and Santa Ynez near the Santa Ynez River. The cool ocean breezes are channeled through the river basin and spill over onto the vineyard site moderating the warm afternoon temperatures. For this reason the grapes take longer to ripen here than at Alisos Vineyard, our other source of Syrah grapes.

The Harvest
The grapes were harvested on October 7th, with an average sugar content of 25.5 Brix.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open-top fermenter. After a two-day cold soak period the must was inoculated with yeast. After 15 days of fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to three French oak barrels, one of which was new. The wine aged for 15 months before being fined, filtered and bottled in February 2015.

The Wine
The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas begin with a floral quality then progress to reveal dried red berries and a hint of white pepper in the background. On the palate the wine is smooth and shows rich flavors of ripe berries with a hint of sweet vanillin. The wine's high acidity gives the finish a refreshing lift.

Food Pairings
Enjoy with grilled beef and vegetable shish kebabs, spice-rubbed short ribs, and carne asada tacos.

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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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