2020 Syrah, Fox Family Vineyard

2020 Syrah, Fox Family Vineyard

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"The deep ruby/plum-hued 2020 Syrah Fox Family Vineyard comes from a site outside of Los Olivos and was brought up in three and four-year-old barrels. It's a riper, powerful Syrah with ample black fruits, some peppery, herbal, meaty nuances, lots of mid-palate depth, and ripe yet certainly present tannins. As with all of Blair’s wines, it's impeccably made and shines for its seamless texture and length. Give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2032." ∼  Jeb Dunnuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard Syrah; Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County.

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in two and three year old French oak barrels (Sirugue and Meyrieux).

Production: 99 cases made

WinemakingThe Syrah grapes for this wine are grown on a steep, high-density planting on a rocky hillside of the Fox Family Vineyard in the hills of Los Olivos. This tiny vineyard is planted to the Syrah clones 470 and 383, originally sourced from the Northern Rhone Valley of France, and farmed entirely by hand. These grapes are hand harvested early in the morning while cold, hand sorted, partially destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 90% whole berries and 20% whole-cluster, into two 1 ton open top fermentors. The must was cold-soaked for five days, with the addition of dry-ice, prior to inoculation and punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late August of 2022.

Bottle Aging:  Best enjoyed 2026 - 2032

Retail Price: $65 per bottle / Wine Club Price$52 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2020
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Los Olivos District
Harvest Date October 2017
Aging 22 Months

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