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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
Alisos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

2005 Syrah

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Alisos Vineyard

Production: 198 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
pH: 3.53
Titratable acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: 5-7 years
Bottle price: $38.00

Our Syrah from Alisos Vineyard might be described as “steady as a rock” each year. Loren Colahan, vineyard manager at Alisos Vineyard, produces consistently superior grapes each year and with our consistent handling of them the wine turns out, well, consistently great!

The grapes were harvest on October 14th at a ripe 26.3 Brix sugar level. The grapes were 100% destemmed, crushed into several small open top fermentors, and then pressed off two weeks later. Aging took place in all French oak barrels of which just 20% were new. The wine was bottled in April 2007.

The wine exhibits the typical dark color of Alisos Syrah. It has beautiful forward aromas of black cherries with a hint of molasses in the background. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied with round flavors of berries and spices. There is a hint of black pepper in the finish which is the vineyard characteristic I have come to prize in this wine. This 2005 version of Alisos Syrah is a bit more approachable at release than previous vintages; however, it has some youthful dusty tannins in the mid palate which will soften with at least a year or two of bottle aging.

The power of this wine, coupled with its flavor profile, makes it a perfect accompaniment to lamb and flavorful beef dishes.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
March 2008

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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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