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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.

2005 Syrah
Clover Creek Vineyard - Santa Ynez Valley

2005 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
Syrah 97%
Grenache 3%

Vineyard Sources:
Clover Creak Vineyard - Syrah
Alisos Vineyard - Grenache

Production: 215 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.3%
pH: 3.27
Titratable acidity: .76 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 3-5 years
Bottle price: $32.00

This is our second bottling of Syrah from Clover Creek Vineyard, located a few miles southwest of Santa Ynez. The vineyard’s proximity to the Santa Ynez River moderates the warm temperatures characteristic of this part of the Valley. The resulting Syrah grapes achieve high sugar levels while retaining an amazing amount of natural acidity, giving the wine great balance.

The vineyard is planted to two clones of Syrah: Estrella and 877. This year, the 877 clone was harvested a week later than the Estrella clone. Each lot was fermented and aged separately. In order to emphasize the fruit, we used only 23% new oak barrels for aging this wine. It was blended and bottled in April 2007.

The wine has a very dark, almost purple color. The aromas are an intense mixture of boysenberries and blackberries with a hint of oak vanillin. On the palate the wine’s richness is immediately evident with succulent flavors of wild berries, which is then quickly lightened by the liveliness of its high acidity. This gives the wine a long, refreshing finish.

This Syrah can accompany a wide variety of food, especially grilled meats and flavorful cheeses.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
October 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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