2015 Santa Lucia Highlands "Rosella's Vineyard" Syrah
Picked September 21st, yields at Rosella’s Vineyard were only 60% of the previous year. Proves the old adage that what Mother Nature giveth, she can also taketh away. Fruit quality was outstanding though so we opted to do 29% whole cluster. We like the structure, spice, and floral notes that the stems provide. Uninoculated (or, if you prefer, ambient) fermentation. Twenty-three days on the skins. All French oak, 22% new. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and insanely delicious.
Ruby-purple, almost opaque. Compared to our Sierra Mar, a bit more savory in the nose with even more bacon fat. On the palate, plenty of black raspberry, kirsch, and savory herbs with beautiful delineation and precision. A wine that can be enjoyed young with a good decant but also a wine that will continue to develop further complexity with bottle age. Drink 2018 through 2028. (MRO – 07/18/17)