2016 The Dare

2016 The Dare

95 Points

"The 2016 The Dare (100% Syrah) also has a smoky, meaty bouquet of cassis, violets, scorched earth, and charcoal. Beautifully pure, full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with ultra-fine tannins, it opens up nicely with time in the glass, has a layered texture, and a great, great finish. It’s another remarkable effort from this estate that will shine for over a decade". - Jeb Dennuck

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

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

Case Production: 112 cases

Winemaking:  This wine is a 100% Syrah blend from the finest barrels of Fox Family, Kimsey, Larner, Zotovich, Thompson and Tierra Alta Vineyards. I carefully taste through every barrel in the cellar, grade and rank each barrel and then sit down to make, what I feel is the best blend of Syrah that I can produce from the vintage. This process can sometimes take me minutes, but more often takes me hours to get the perfect blend. “The Dare” is blended and named in honor of my daughter, Rylee Dare. The first vintage was produced on her birth year in 2004. 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 gently basket pressed and settled before being racked to barrel for aging. This wine was blended and bottled in late August of 2018 after being aged in exclusively French oak for twenty-two months. This wine is consistently a favorite of Wine Club members and the critics alike, often scoring 95+ points..

Bottle Aging:  This wine can be drank now or aged up to 10 years

Retail Price: $65.00 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $52.00 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Santa Barbara County
Harvest Date October 2016
Aging Twenty Two months
Bottling Date August 2018

Wine Profile

Ratings 95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

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