2018 Syrah, Ampelos Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Ampelos Vineyard, east Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Three year old and older French oak barrels for aging for 22 months
Winemaking: The Ampelos Vineyard is a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard located in the on the 246 corridor in the cool Santa Rita Hills A.V.A. I chose the Estrella River clone of Syrah, which is one of the oldest Syrah clones in California. The vines are planted on a south facing slope in a sandy loam soil. This vineyard produces cool climate Syrah characteristics with purity of fruit, white pepper, and vibrant fruit flavors. The grapes were 75% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 25% whole-cluster, into a 1.5- ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for six days prior to inoculation. The addition of whole-cluster adds structure and vitality to the final wine. I feel the stems add an interesting savory element to this wine that I enjoy. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day, for 12 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 and older French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty- two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late August of 2020.
Production: 100 cases
Bottle Aging: Enjoy now or age for 7-10 years
Retail Price: $50 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $40 per bottle
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