(2012 Vintage) Have you ever noticed how good things often come in threes? The 2013 vintage sits right in the middle of three great years for Paso Robles and may be remembered as the best vintage since the revered 1997. Preseason rainfall was just over half of normal and we now recognize this to be the second of four consecutive dry winters for the region. Growth started early in our Syrah blocks, with budbreak starting just before St. Patricks Day. We saw a very warm April that pushed vines into bloom early in May. Certainly, the greatest differentiator of the vintage was daytime temperatures for the critical two-week period of veraison which were 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal. With temperatures in the mid-80s, the berries colored up beautifully and led to some of the darkest wines we’ve seen in our cellar. Harvest was smooth sailing with warmer sites harvested in early September and cooler sites in mid-October. The 2013 vintage of South Ridge Syrah was “made in the vineyard” and brought to its fullest potential by aging a full year in our barrel cellars prior to bottling.
Wine Enthusiast(1997 Vintage)