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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.

2006 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2006 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creak Vineyard

Production: 203 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
pH: 3.38
Titratable acidity: 0.67 g/100 ml.

The Syrah grapes grown at Clover Creek Vineyard continue to produce a delicious wine and unique expression of this classic grape. The 2006 vintage is once again a blend of the two clones that are planted at Clover Creek; the Estrella and the 877 clone.

The grapes were harvested on October 20th and 30th at an average Brix reading of 25 degrees. They were entirely destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters for a nine day fermentation period. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. I have gradually reduced the new oak influence in our Syrahs to about 15% new oak. My feeling is that the natural grape flavors of Syrah are so delicious that too much new oak tends to override and mask them, instead of enhancing them.

This wine will go well with a variety of foods such as lamb, duck and grilled sausages and vegetables.

The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas showcase an attractive combination of cherries and vanilla cream with a hint of black pepper in the background. On the palate the wine has a soft entry with berry flavors, lively acidity and a soft finish. This vintage is the most readily drinkable of all our Clover Creek Syrahs produced to date.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
October 1, 2008

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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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