2015 Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-six months in three year old French oak barrels (Tonnellerie de Mercurey, Meyrieux, Sirugue and Francois Freres).
Winemaking: The Syrah grapes came from a very steep hillside block of Clone 1 planted in shallow calcareous soils. Located in the Ballard Canyon of Santa Barbara County with a cool marine influence and a long, cool growing season these grapes possessed excellent purity and depth while the vineyard produced a meager 1.8 tons per acre crop with excellent concentration. The grapes were 100% destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 95% whole berries, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for five days prior to inoculation. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day, for 13 days, until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked into three year old 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: 104 cases made
Retail Price: $45 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $36 per bottle