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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2004 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 126 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.7%
pH: 3.75
Titratable acidity: 0.60g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 5-7 years

The wine we produce from the Syrah grapes grown at Alisos Vineyard, east of Los Alamos never fails to impress us with its distinctive character and outstanding quality. We are very pleased to release this exceptional Syrah.

The grapes were harvested in late September at a ripe 26 degrees Brix sugar level. We followed our usual practice of total destemming and gentle crushing of the grapes into small open top fermenters. Fermentation lasted for nearly three weeks after which the must was pressed off to a settling tank. The wine was then transferred to oak barrels for a sixteen month aging period. The new oak component was reduced to around 20% to allow the unique vineyard and varietal character to come through.

This year’s Syrah has the same very dark color as previous vintages. The aromas are of black licorice, plums and raspberries. On the palate, the wine initially has a deceptive medium weight but after a few seconds it expands to reveal lush flavors, and silky smooth tannins. This vintage is less tannic than the 2003 bottling and has a slightly riper character to the fruit. Serve with wild game, roast pork and seasoned grilled meats.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
February 2007

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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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