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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2003 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 96 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.4
pH: 3.71
Titratable acidity: .67 g/100 ml.

This is the first Alisos Vineyard Syrah to be bottled separately since we did so with the 2001 Alisos - Rex Syrah. Alisos Vineyard is located east of the town of Los Alamos, along Alisos Canyon Road. This area is starting to be recognized as the sweet spot for Syrah.

I've learned that in order to bring out all of the complexities of the Syrah grapes at Alisos Vineyard, we have to have patience and let the grapes reach a fairly high level of ripeness. In 2003 this meant harvesting at an average sugar of 25.7 Brix. The grapes were destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters. After a three week fermentation, the must was drained and pressed, the wine going to a tank for settling. The wine then was moved to oak barrels, of which only 25% were new. It was aged for twenty-one months before being fined, filtered and bottled in June 2005.

This wine has a very dark purple color, so dense that it is difficult to see any light through it. The aromas are of sweet licorice combined with ripe plums. On the palate the wine is dense with dusty tannins dominating. A second sip will reveal dense flavors of anise, black pepper and ripe blackberries. This is definitely a wine that would benefit from being decanted for an hour or so prior to serving. It will also greatly benefit from four to eight years of bottle aging to soften the tannins and allow the complex flavors to come out. Serve with wild game, roast pork and grilled meats.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
March 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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