(From 2013 Vintage) This wine is 100% Syrah from vineyards in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. This 2012 is 62% from cool climate vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Edna Valley and southern San Luis Obispo County, and 38% from warmer climate Paso Robles. The most prominent vineyards in the blend in order of percentage are French Camp in Paso Robles, Chabot in the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County, Sawyer Lindquist in the Edna Valley, Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley and Alamo Creek near the southern border of San Luis Obispo County. 2012 was a year of bountiful grapes of high quality and the weather was perfect for long slow ripening. The pace of harvest was fast, but not crazy. We made the wines the way we wanted to without pressure from Mother Nature to pick grapes that had ripened too quickly, or too early. All lots were fermented separately using traditional techniques. They were aged in neutral French oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months. This is a pretty classic bottling of our Central Coast Syrah, our 31st consecutive vintage! The cooler climate grapes lend a savory, spicy character with refreshing acidity and balanced alcohol. The warmer climate grapes give the wine a more forward fruit character and add suppleness and earlier drinkability.
(From 2012 Vintage) The cooler climate grapes lend a savory, spicy character with refreshing acidity and balanced alcohol. The warmer climate grapes give the wine a more forward fruit character and add suppleness and earlier drinkability.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesEven accepting that this wine is intended to be a less demanding entry to the variety, it is still on the simple, surprisingly light side, and neither in nose nor in the mouth does it find concentration, varietal focus or attention-grabbing fruit. Decently balanced and low in tannin, it will serve as a quiet foil to steaks and chops over the next year or two.