2015 Kimsey Vineyard Syrah
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Kimsey Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-six months in three and four year old French oak barrels (Ermitage and Francois Freres).
Winemaking: This is our first release from this well-regarded, organically grown vineyard. The Kimsey Vineyard is planted on the cooler, south-western side of the Ballard Canyon A.V.A. Ballard Canyon has proven itself to be an outstanding area to grow world-class Syrah. I selected the 383 clone perched high on the hill planted in rocky, clay-loam soil. 2015 was the driest, earliest, smallest and most compressed vintage I have ever experienced. All of the varieties from all over Santa Barbara County were harvested in August and September. The grapes were 90% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 10% whole-cluster, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for three days prior to inoculation. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand, for 13 days, until fermentation was complete. The must was basket pressed and settled before being racked into three year old and older French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-six months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late January of 2018.
Production: 98 cases made
Retail Price: $45 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $36 per bottle