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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.

2014 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2014 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

Production: 80 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.7%
pH: 3.40
Titratable acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $30

 

The Terroir
Clover Creek Vineyard is located between Solvang and Santa Ynez near the Santa
Ynez River. Cool ocean breezes channeled through the river basin spill over
onto the vineyard site, tempering the warm afternoon temperatures. With this
moderating effect, the grapes take a bit longer to reach full flavor maturity.
The Harvest
The grapes were harvested relatively late, on October 13th, with an average sugar
content of 25.2 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 11 days
of fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to older French oak
barrels. The wine aged for 14 months before being lightly filtered and bottled in
January 2016.
The Wine
The wine has a moderately dark ruby color. The aromas are a compelling blend
of flower blossoms, dried berries and black pepper with a hint of licorice. On the
palate the wine displays flavors similar to the aroma, with a sappy texture and
a long lingering finish due to the wine’s high acidity. Despite the relatively high
alcohol content, the wine is wonderfully elegant and well balanced.
Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with grilled lamb chops, spice-rubbed short ribs, and Middle
Eastern dishes such as kebabs.

The Terroir

 Clover Creek Vineyard is located between Solvang and Santa Ynez near the SantaYnez River. Cool ocean breezes channeled through the river basin spill over onto the vineyard site, tempering the warm afternoon temperatures. With this moderating effect, the grapes take a bit longer to reach full flavor maturity.

The Harvest

 The grapes were harvested relatively late, on October 13th, with an average sugar content of 25.2 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 11 days of fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled and racked to older French oak barrels. The wine aged for 14 months before being lightly filtered and bottled in January 2016.

The Wine

 The wine has a moderately dark ruby color. The aromas are a compelling blend of flower blossoms, dried berries and black pepper with a hint of licorice. On the palate the wine displays flavors similar to the aroma, with a sappy texture and a long lingering finish due to the wine’s high acidity. Despite the relatively high alcohol content, the wine is wonderfully elegant and well balanced.

Food Pairings

 Enjoy this wine with grilled lamb chops, spice-rubbed short ribs, and Middle Eastern dishes such as kebabs.

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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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