In 1978, we pioneered Syrah in Santa Barbara County and became recognized as a world-renowned producer of the varietal. We maintain this commitment through vineyard experimentation, including new high-density plantings with multiple Syrah clones. Our diversity of both vine age and clonal material delivers a Syrah with exceptional complexity, balance, and depth. Our 2012 Syrah displays layers of ripe wild-berry, cola, pepper and our signature sage spice. The silky finish lingers from the perfectly ripe tannins with a touch of smoky oak from barrel aging.
After hand harvesting, the Syrah along with a few Viognier and Grenache grapes were placed into small open-top bins to co-ferment. During fermentation, grape skins were punched down twice a day resulting in a wine of intense color, rich flavors and fine tannins. The wine was then placed into French oak barrels for 16 months to age.