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2015 The Dare


The Dare is a small lot production of our best barrels of Syrah from our external vineyards.  Though it is technically a blend, it is comprised of 100% Syrah from Fox Family, Kimsey, Larner, Zotovich and Tierra Alta Vineyards.  Truly a favorite amoung our members!!

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Vineyards and Composition: A 100% Syrah blend made up of 34% Kimsey Vineyard Syrah, Ballard Canyon; 34% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah, Ballard Canyon; 15% Fox Family Vineyard Syrah, Los Olivos; 11% Zotovich Vineyard Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills; 6% Larner Vineyard Syrah, Ballard Canyon. 

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-six months in 34% new and 66% three year old and older French oak barrels, (T. Mercurey, Francois Freres, Gillet)

Case Production: 69 cases

Winemaking:  2015 was an early, small, drought induced vintage resulting in wines with voluptuous texture and weight with fresh, bright acidity and gorgeous purity of fruit.  “The Dare” was blended and named in honor of my daughter, Rylee Dare.  The grapes were all hand harvested, sorted and predominately destemmed without crushing, leaving approximately 90% whole berries.  After a 4-6 day cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete.  The must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to barrel for aging.  This wine was blended and bottled in late January of 2018 after being aged in exclusively French oak for twenty-six months. 


Wine Specs

Vintage 2015
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Santa Barbara County

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