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Oct.12-Nov.1 2015
Sugar: 24.2-25.7 Brix

51% Lafond
14% Joughin
30% Hilltop
3% Grenache, Lafond
2% Petit Sirah, Thompson

Aged in 38 Barrels (18% new)
Total Acid: .67
pH: 3.40
Alcohol: 14.7%

Bottled: Apr. 04, 2017

Produced: 942 cases

Santa Ynez Valley
2015 Syrah
Winemaker Bruce McGuire is an early pioneer in blending Syrah grown throughout the east-west traverse of the Santa Ynez Valley. Because Syrah is proving to be the rare example of a varietal that can be grown in all the temperature zones found in our valley, blending vineyard sites has become an intriguing endeavor.

This bottling of Syrah highlights both the cool climate forward flavors of white pepper and lavender, and the jammier full fruit character experienced in the back of the mouth courtesy of the warmer eastern Santa Ynez Valley.

Most of the wine was aged in small 60 gallon French and Hungarian barrels as Syrah benefits from ample barrel time. Pair with rustic fare, slightly charred grilled meats, spring lamb, seared Ahi, and washed rind cheeses.

Winemaker's Comments: 2015 was a small crop vintage across all varieties and early, as well, because of a continued drought. The Joughin vineyard, in Los Olivos, was at 25% of normal. Because of the low yield the concentrated fruit is very spicey.

Suggested retail: 20.00

Santa Ynez Valley 2015 Syrah 20.00

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