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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.

2007 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2007 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creak Vineyard

Production: 78 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.8%
pH: 3.35
Titratable acidity: .70 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 2-4 years
Bottle price: $28.00

This is our fourth vintage of Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard which is located just south of Santa Ynez near the banks of the Santa Ynez River. This has proven to be a great location for many of the varietals we work with, including the two clones of Syrah that are planted at this vineyard.

The Estrella clone ripens earlier than the 877 clone, and this year they were harvested on October 11th, and October 23rd, respectively. The grapes were destemmed entirely and crushed into small open top fermentors. Both lots were subjected to a four day cold soak period before being inoculated with yeast. The 877 lot was pressed off after 23 days of skin maceration, while the Estrella lot had a 12 day total skin maceration period. Each lot aged separately in mostly older French oak barrels. The final blending, fining and filtration took place in April, just prior to bottling the wine.

This Syrah has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a mixture of spices with an emphasis on pepper, chocolate, raspberries and other red berry fruits. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with juicy, rich flavors of spicy red berries. The tannins are light and the acidity is higher than the typical Syrah. This gives the wine a lively, refreshing quality which will enable it to pair well with a variety of foods. This is a very enjoyable wine now, but will age gracefully for another few years.

Enjoy with barbequed steak, chicken and sausages.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
June 1, 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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