2020 The Dare
Vineyards and Composition: A 100% Syrah blend comprised of our best barrels from Fox Family Vineyard Syrah, Los Olivos; Zotovich Vineyard Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills; Larner Vineyard Syrah, Ballard Canyon; and Tierra Alta Vineyard, Ballard Canyon
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in 25% new and the remainder in three-year-old and older French oak barrels, (T. Mercurey, Francois Freres, Gillet)
Case Production: 81 cases
Winemaking: This wine is a 100% Syrah blend from the finest barrels of Fox Family, Larner, Zotovich, and Tierra Alta Vineyards. I carefully taste through every barrel in the cellar, grade and rank each barrel and then sit down to make, what I feel is the best blend of Syrah that I can produce from the vintage. This process can sometimes take me minutes, but more often takes me hours to get the perfect blend. “The Dare” is blended and named in honor of my daughter, Rylee Dare. The first vintage was produced on her birth year in 2004. The grapes were all hand harvested, sorted and predominately destemmed without crushing, leaving approximately 95% whole berries. After a 4-6 day cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete. The must was gently basket pressed and settled before being racked to barrel for aging. This wine was blended and bottled in January of 2023 after being aged in exclusively French oak for twenty-six months. This wine is consistently a favorite of Wine Club members and the critics alike, often scoring 95+ points!
Bottle Aging: Enjoy 2023-2031
Retail Price: $75.00 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $60.00 per bottle
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