2016 Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah
From one of the most beautiful vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands, Sierra Mar was picked on October 1st at 25.8 Brix. Rather than fermenting the two selections of Syrah (Alban 1 and Alban “Baby Block”) separately, they were fermented together with 25% whole cluster for added complexity. Twenty days on the skins. All French oak, only 22% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. And good news! We have 50% more of this delectable wine than last year!
Dark ruby-purple. Expansive aromas of mulberry, savory herbs, and an interesting saline note. Could the salinity be from ocean salt in the fog coming off Monterey Bay? Medium full-bodied on entry, the wine shows plenty of savory red fruit character with a strong note of fresh cracked black pepper. Fantastic! The wine finishes with great energy and cut in the mineral-laden finish. This will age well. Drink from 2020 through 2032. (MRO – 01/18/18)