2017 Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah

100% Syrah

pH: 3.70
T.A.: 6.1 g/L
Alcohol: 15.3%
Cases Produced: 232

Sierra Mar was picked on October 6th at 25.2 Brix.  As usual, the two selections, Alban 1 and Alban “Baby Block”, were co-fermented for additional complexity.  Twenty percent whole cluster, an uninoculated fermentation (at this point of the harvest, sometimes it’s difficult to keep a tank cold soaking as the winery is teaming with yeast), and 26 days on the skins. All French oak, only 20% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah

Tasting Note:

Dark ruby-purple.  A knockout nose of blackberry, savory herbs, and smoked meat.  Smooth as silk on entry, flavors of black and blue fruits are intertwined with a note of roasted game and espresso.  Finishes quite long with gentle tannin keeping the palate refreshed.  We suggest giving it another year in bottle and then enjoying through 2030.

Suggested Retail: $45
Release Date: April 2019