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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.

2003 Syrah
Santa Barbara County

2003 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
83% Syrah
12% Grenache
5% Viognier

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creek Vineyard Syrah – 29 %
Alisos Vineyard Syrah – 29%
Black Oak Vineyard Syrah – 25%

Grenache:
Alisos Vineyard

Viognier:
Lucas Lewellen Vineyard

Production: 165 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.4%
pH: 3.72
Titratable acidity: .67 g/100 ml.

This 2003 Syrah is a blend of Syrah grapes from our longtime source, Alisos Vineyard along with two new sources; Black Oak in Los Alamos, and Clover Creek in Santa Ynez.

The harvest weather in 2003 was ideal for a long, slow maturation of our areas’ Syrah grapes. The Alisos Vineyard Syrah was harvested on September 26, followed some three weeks later by harvests at Black Oak and Clover Creek vineyards. The grapes averaged around 25 Brix at harvest.

The grapes were entirely destemmed and lightly crushed into our small open top fermenters. The must was allowed to cold soak before inoculated with yeast for an average of five days. Total time on the skins averaged around fifteen days.

The wines were pressed off, settled and moved to barrels for aging. The barrels used were predominantly French oak, with about 20% being new. As with our 2002 Syrah, I blended in a small amount of Viognier to add complexity to the aromas. New this year was the addition of Grenache which contributed to aromas and a softer texture to the blend. In order to preserve much of the fruity aromas and character of the blend, the wine was bottled in late February. 

The wine has an incredibly complex array of aromas. I perceive aromas of raspberries, cedar and orange tea. On the palate, the tannins are very well balanced resulting in a very smooth, satin-like texture. The flavors are of raspberries with a hint of cocoa in the background. The finish has a slight peppery flavor. This may be our most drinkable Syrah upon release that we have produced. It should continue to improve with another two to three years of bottle age. Serve with spicy Mediterranean dishes and grilled meats.

Rick Longoria
Winemaker
February 1, 2006

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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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