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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 - Vino Dulce
Santa Barbara County

2005 Syrah - Vino Dulce

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Syrah

Vineyard Sources:
Tierra Alta Vineyard

Production: 145 cases
Alcohol by volume: 19.1%
pH: 3.76
Titratable acidity: .55 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: 6-9 years
Bottle price: $22.00

Encouraged by the huge success of our first Port-styled Syrah, which we released in October 2005, we acted quickly to find some late season Syrah to produce another bottling. The grapes for this 2005 Syrah, Vino Dulce came from the Tierra Alta Vineyard located just north of Los Olivos.

Under a new law, we were not able to label this wine as “Port,” so we chose to name it “Vino Dulce” which translates to “Sweet Wine.”

The grapes were harvested on November 9, at a very ripe 28 degrees Brix. We destemmed and crushed the grapes as we would for producing a table wine but at a certain point, when I felt the sugar content was just right, we pressed off the juice. We then fortified it with 180 proof distilled spirits, thus stopping the fermentation at that level of sugar.

The wine was aged in a large 135 gallon French oak puncheon for twenty-one months before being bottled without fining or filtration.

The wine has a dark, dense ruby color. The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate cherries with a hint of the Syrah pepper character. The flavors reinforce the chocolate cherry aromas. The texture is, of course, thick with the residual sugar but balanced with good acidity and alcohol. Enjoy this wine on a cool winter’s night with cheese, nuts and fruit or dark chocolate. 

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
November 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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