2018 Syrah, Zotovich Vineyard

2018 Syrah, Zotovich Vineyard

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"Deep purple-hued, with a decidedly cool climate nose of white pepper, cedar, smoked game, and assorted black (and some blue) fruits, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, pure, nicely focused texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish."  ∼  Jeb Dunnuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Zotovich Vineyard; Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County.

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in 100% French oak (228L Burgundy) barrels for aging.

Production: 140 cases

Winemaking:   Zotovich Vineyard is the coolest vineyard site I work with and consists of sandy loam soils located in the Santa Rita Hills. These grapes retain their natural acidity and have beautiful purity, structure and depth. The grapes were 72% destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 28% whole-cluster, into two 1.5-ton open top fermentors and cold-soaked for five days prior to inoculation with a Cote Rotie isolate yeast.  After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete, 12 days.  The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to 100% French oak (228L Burgundy) barrels for aging.  This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in August of 2020.

Bottle Aging: Wonderful now, but aging will just enhance this wine.  Ideal from 2024-2030

Retail Price: $50 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $40 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Santa Rita Hills

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