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***BOTTLED JUNE 7TH, 2021 SHIPS MID-TO-LATE JULY WEATHER PERMITTING***CHOOSE SUMMER HOLD FOR FALL SHIPPING
I've died and gone to heaven.
This collection features three single-vineyard-designate Syrah's from the Grand Cru coastal vineyard sites in Ballard Canyon, Edna Valley, and Alisos Canyon in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Unfortunately, I just can't tell you which vineyard sites; however, I can tell you these are no expense spared wines with regards to both sourcing and production; i.e. hand-picked, hand-sorted, whole-cluster fermented, co-fermented, and barrel- (or concrete egg) fermented in large format puncheons of only the best wood. These wines are so good I would happily pay the $45 tariff at the winery. At $12/bottle this is a no-brainer.
Given the small quantities, ranging from 250-300 cases, I thought this would make another terrific sampler. Each of these Syrah's is unique and distinctive and reflective of its vineyard origin. Not to mention insanely complex. If you love the Northern nicely Rhone Valley expression of Syrah, these are for you.
The wines are stylistically similar, of course, right up the middle rich and unctuous but perfectly-balanced and well-structured, weighing in from 14.1 to 14.8% alc.
We shipped these wines up in barrel (rather than transfer them to porta-tanks) and bottled them straight after racking. They're showing very little bottle shock right now and should come around fairly quickly.
Folks, these wines are fantastic - I'm keeping two cases for myself - and I cannot recommend this collection highly enough.
Each Collection contains 4 bottles of each of the following wines (12 total bottles):
Lot 221 2019 Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County Syrah (14.1%) - All tasting notes from recently bottled wine: beautifully perfumed and floral, dried rose and lavender, freshly cut seasoned oak, black cherry and boysenberry, evolving on the palate into vanilla bean, cedar and seasoned french oak under a black pepper halo. The meaty savory character of this Syrah is there but in the background. Pretty and elegant on the palate but the more meaty, peppery character shows through here a bit more. Complex as all get out, this will knit together extremely well.
Lot 223 2019 Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo County Syrah (14.8%) - Smooth and expressive -toasted French oak adds savory depth to the teriyaki marinated dried meats, and complexes with brown sugar barrel spice, dried provencal herbs, lavender, blueberry and plum. Smooth and seamless (and richer) on the palate with elevated lavender and plum that sings throughout and finishes with a lengthy toasted French oak and thyme finish. "Can't spit this out" delicious.
Lot 224 2019 Alisos Canyon, Santa Barbara County Syrah (14.8%) - This is classic, sun-drenched Santa Barbara...savory notes of aged ribeye, foothill herbs of anise and sage, ripe and juicy plums and brown sugar that lingers through the finish. Rich and focused on the palate with savory, chewy tannins laced with elegant mineral and ripe black fruit.
All wines 100% Syrah, 100% single-vineyard.Fermentation in either concrete eggs or large format puncheons, 50% new. Barrel-ageing post-fermentation typically 30-40% new French oak.Drink 2021 to 2031 (these will get through very light bottle shock by August)250-300 cases of each wine produced.All wines bottled June 7th, 2021
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