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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.

2000 Syrah
Santa Barbara County

2000 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
89% Syrah
11% Mourvedre

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard: 48%
White Hawk Vineyard: 21%
Gainey Santa Rosa Vineyard: 17%
French Camp Vineyard: 3%

Mourvedre:
Stolpman Vineyard

Production: 550 cases

Our third vintage of producing Syrah finds us, as always, continually searching for better and better sources for our grapes. We added two new sources for Syrah grapes in 2000, the White Hawk Vineyard, planted on a south facing slope off of Cat Canyon Road just north of Los Alamos, and Gainey’s Santa Rosa Vineyard located in the cool Santa Rita Hills viticultural appellation.

These wines were blended with the wines we made from our previous sources of Alisos Vineyard in Los Alamos, and French Camp Vineyard in Paso Robles. A small amount of Mourvedre from Stolpman Vineyard was also used in the blend.

The result is the most complex Syrah we have yet produced. The wine has a saturated, dark, slightly purple color. The nose displays a dense array of raspberry, floral, dusty pepper aromas with a hint of sweet oak vanillin. On the palate the wine is very rich in the entry, with a thick velvety texture and loads of sweet fruit. The tannins are very soft and the finish has a spicey, sweet oak character.

As a winemaker, I feel I have had to learn how to deal with Syrah, a grape I have found to be very different than other red grapes I have dealt with. Each year I feel I have gained another insight into how to best bring out the most of the grapes. Each year I feel our Syrah shows the increase in my understanding of the grapes. 

I expect that this wine will continue to develop with another three to five years of bottle aging. Serve with hearty Provencal meats, stews or with a selection of fine cheeses.

Rick Longoria
Winemaker
June 1, 2002 

(Laboratory analysis is not available at this time.)

 

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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