2014 Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah

100% Syrah

pH: 3.55
T.A.: 7.3 g/L
Alcohol: 14.9%
Cases Produced: 324

Picked the same day as Rosella’s Syrah, September 30th, our approach with this wine was somewhat similar.  Twenty-five percent whole cluster.  Nineteen days on the skins.  Where our approach differed, however, was in our decision to inoculate.  Also, since this wine was a touch riper than Rosella’s, we opted for less oak (14% new French oak to be exact) to let the fruit shine.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah

Tasting Note:

This vineyard lives down the road, just south of its older sibling, Rosella’s, but exhibits the feral and rustic qualities imparted by elevation, thin soil, and a warmer microclimate.  The wine introduces itself with hard candy, violets, ruby red grapefruit and lavender on the nose.  The pluot and cassis characters on the palate yield to a bacon fat quality that is strongly reminiscent of the “Honey-Lavender Bacon” from our local butcher (good stuff!).  Fine-grained tannins on the finish, but this is a wine of depth and intensity that could find its true “happy spot” with some proper cellaring.  Drink 2019 – 2027. (JCM – 07/18/16)

Suggested Retail: $40 - Sold Out
Release Date: November 2016