***WINE FUTURE BOTTLING EARLY JUNE, SHIPPING SHORTLY AFTER***
Syrah-Lover's, start your engines! I've got just three barrels of 2021 Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah to go around.
Raised at 800-feet of elevation on the gravelly hillside of the Cooper-Garrod vineyard (not the producer; however, the fruit is sourced from their vineyard), Lot 393 is classic "mountain" Syrah with wild, pretty aromatics, a potent-yet-elegant structure, and fantastic complexity. Medium+ bodied and weighing in at 14.2% alc., think of it as a darker, more powerful Pinot Noir when it comes to style.
The source winery charges $40+/bottle and their most recent 2019 vintage was awarded 93-points from James Suckling (no 2020 was produced). This is the exact same wine the winery is bottling and, by all accounts on their end, the 2021 is a better wine. I'm telling you, 2021 is a magical vintage!
Deftly-crafted and harmonious with exceptional balance and integration, this is an absolutely gorgeous wine with tremendous energy, verve, and another decade of delicious drinking pleasure. The bouquet itself is worth the price of entry!
So, here we go folks, your price today for this bowlful of pleasure is not inexpensive by de Negoce standards; however, this is a truly soulful wine with a real sense of place and remarkable "vinous" quality to it. Therefore, I am confident you will still find this a compelling value at $199/case, trust me. Fresh, charming and super pretty blue nose with a core of plum, violets, cracked black pepper, and sweet tobacco accented by red fruits throughout. The entry is supple and perfectly attenuated, juicy with further plum, a spectrum of red-to-blue fruit and a bit of baking spice that becomes more pronounced with air, all framed by medium acidity and uniform, perfectly-integrated tannins. The finish is long and resonant with barrel-kissed influence uplifting a plum sauce and violet umami.