Wine Description & Statistics
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2005 Syrah
The delicious forward flavors found in cool-climate Syrah are evident in this bottling from the Santa Rita Hills. We find the flavor from cool climate Syrah to be “front end loaded” with a burst of luscious berry fruit easing to spicy complexity as opposed to warm-climate Syrah with its ripe, jammy flavors weighted toward the back of the mouth.

Winemaker Bruce McGuire selected young vines growing in heavier soils to craft a easy to drink Syrah that shows off forward dark berry flavors and a hint of white pepper spice. A touch of Lagrien and Negrette from the Joughin Vineyard (near Los Olivos) added a little dark spice and depth in the back of the mouth.

Bruce aged the wine in neutral barrels to enhance the vibrant fruit making this an easy wine to pair with grilled meats and hearty pasta dishes. This Syrah is not meant for aging and will drink very well at the end of 2007 and throughout 2008

Suggested retail 14.00/750ml.

Dates: Oct. 25, 26 Nov. 2005
Appellation: Santa Barbara
Vineyard: 36% Hill Top Ranch,
58% Lafond Vineyard
6% Joughin Vineyard
Sugar: 24.7-25.6 Brix
Blend: 94% Syrah
3% Lagrein, 3% Negrette
Barrels: Aged in 60 gallon
neutral barrels.
Total Acid: .68
pH: 3.37
Sugar: Dry
Date Bottled: March 21, 2007
Production: 743 cases

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