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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2006 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 172 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.9%
pH: 3.68
Titratable acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: 4-7 years
Bottle price: $34.00

It seems that Syrah and Rhone wines in general have yet to be widely accepted by the general wine consuming public. Furthermore, the style of Syrah most popular now seems to be what I call the "Aussie" style. I describe this style as having fruity aromas, slightly sweet flavors, low acidity, and easy to drink. Wines from the hotter climates of California are also made in this style.

This Alisos Vineyard Syrah and other wines from cooler areas, like most of Santa Barbara County, have a more reserved style. Lovers of wines from the Rhone area of France, particularly Northern Rhone, find these versions much more to their liking.

The wine is very dark in color. The aromas are subdued upon the first smell but gradually begin to open up with time in the glass. The aromas are a mixture of spices, red fruit and hints of tobacco. On the palate the wine is immediately rich, with bright fruit flavors, but becomes leaner with excellent acidity. The tannins are very mild, and the oak is so well integrated as to not be evident. This is a wine that definitely needs time in the bottle to fully reveal all of its charms.

Enjoy with a variety of grilled meats, or a pasta dish with duck sausage, truffle oil and parmesan cheese would make a perfect pairing.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
March 1st, 2009

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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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