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Oct.25-Nov.8 2014
Sugar: 24.8 Brix

39% Joughin
21% Hilltop
40% Lafond

Aged in 58 Barrels (22% new)
Total Acid: .68
pH: 3.42
Alcohol: 14.9%

Bottled: Aug. 17,18 2014

Produced: 1424 cases

Santa Ynez Valley
2014 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: 61% of this Syrah is from the Santa Rita Hills which gives the wine a core of cool climate spice.The warmer Joughin vineyards, near Los Olivos, fleshes the wine out with succulent almost jammy fruit. A classic Santa Ynez Valley Syrah.

Suggested retail: 20.00

Gold Medal 2017 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
92 Points 2017 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2018 Monterey International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2018 Tasters Guild Wine Judging

Santa Ynez Valley 2014 Syrah 20.00

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