2019 Syrah, Thompson Vineyard

2019 Syrah, Thompson Vineyard

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"The 2019 Syrah Thompson Vineyard is a dense, powerful wine. Dark red/purplish fruit, blood orange, mint, cinnamon and kiss of French oak open nicely. The balance of fruit intensity and energy is compelling. This is a fabulous vintage for the Thompson Syrah."  ∼  Antonio Galloni

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Thompson Vineyard; Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County.

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

Production: 94 cases

Winemaking:  The Syrah grapes came from the “old” planting of Estrella River Clone on Thompson Vineyard that was planted almost thirty years ago.  This old block is cane pruned and produced just over two tons per acre in 2019 due to the extremely sandy soils and cool nature of the site. The wine resulted in intense varietal character with incredible depth and concentration. The grapes were 75% destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 95% whole berries and 25% whole clusters, into two 1-ton open top fermentors and cold-soaked for six days prior to inoculation with an Hermitage isolate yeast. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day, for 14 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-six months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in January of 2022.

Bottle Aging: Wonderful now, but aging will just enhance this wine.  Ideal from 2023-2031

Retail Price: $55 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $44 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2019
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Los Alamos

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