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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2012 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
100% Alisos

Production: 58 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.0%
pH: 3.56
Titratable acidity: 0.61 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to seven years
Bottle price: $38

The Harvest
The weather during the 2012 harvest was warmer than usual, which resulted in the grapes at Alisos Vineyard being harvested on October 4th with a sugar content of 24.7 Brix.

Winemaking
The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into an open-top fermenter. The must was cold soaked for three days, then inoculated with yeast. After a 17-day maceration period the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to French oak barrels. The final blend included the smallest amount of new oak I've used for Alisos Vineyard Syrah, at just 18%. The wine was fined, filtered and bottled after 27 months of barrel aging.

The Wine
The wine has a very dark red purple color, typical of Alisos Vineyard Syrah. The aromas are an intensely fragrant array of ripe black cherries, licorice, and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with intense flavors similar to the aromas. The tannins are moderate indicating that the wine will benefit from extended bottle aging. I recommend decanting one hour prior to serving to allow the aromatics and flavors time to open up.

Food Pairings
This intensely flavored wine will pair well with rich meats such as beef tenderloin, braised short ribs, and pork.

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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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