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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.

2004 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2004 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
94% Syrah
6% Grenache

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creak Vineyard

Production: 183 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.3%
pH: 3.20
Titratable acidity: 0.86 g/100 ml.

This is the first release of Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard located near the Santa Ynez River, a few miles west of the town of Santa Ynez. Our good friends, Michael and Carolyn Balaban planted several grape varietals for our use, including two clones of Syrah. This is the first year we had enough quantity of this wine to bottle separately and we are extremely pleased to offer it to our club members.

The grapes were harvested on September 29th at an average sugar level of 25.7 Brix. The grapes were entirely destemmed and put into small open top fermenters for a three week fermentation period. After wine wine was pressed off and had settled, it was then transferred to small oak barrels for aging. The wine was fined to remove coarse tannins, filtered and bottled in March 2006.

A beautiful, very dark almost impenetrable ruby/purple color announces that this is a wine of depth. The aroma is an exuberant mixture of cranberries, raspberries and boysenberries. On the palate it is rich, full bodied with strong, lush, raspberry and boysenberry flavors and the same acidity and slight astringency that berry seeds contribute to jams and preserves. The finish is persistent and long. Although the wine will soften and become more complex with four to seven more years of bottle aging, the charm of this wine is best enjoyed within the next two to three years. Pair this versatile wine with pork tenderloin, prime rib, and venison.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
October 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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