2018 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Kimsey Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in three year old and older French oak barrels (Sirugue and Meyrieux).
Winemaking: This is our fourth release from this well-regarded, organically grown vineyard. The Kimsey Vineyard is planted on the cooler, south-western side of the Ballard Canyon A.V.A. Ballard Canyon has proven itself to be an outstanding area to grow world-class Syrah. I selected the Estrella clone perched high on the hill planted in rocky, clay-loam soil. 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 four days prior to inoculation. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand, for 13 days, until fermentation was complete. The 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: 98 cases made
Bottle Aging: This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for an additional 8 years with proper storage.
Retail Price: $55 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $44 per bottle
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