2017 The Dare
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; Thompson Vineyard, Los Alamos; 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: 102 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 2019 after being aged in exclusively French oak for twenty-two months.
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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