2014 Santa Lucia Highlands "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Syrah

100%
 
Syrah

pH: 3.55
T.A.: 0.73 g/100mL
Alcohol: 14.9%
Cases Produced: 324

Picked the same day as Rosella’s Syrah, September 30th, our approach with this wine was somewhat similar.  Twenty-five percent whole cluster.  Nineteen days on the skins.  Where our approach differed, however, was in our decision to inoculate.  Also, since this wine was a touch riper than Rosella’s, we opted for less oak (14% new French oak to be exact) to let the fruit shine.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note: This vineyard lives down the road, just south of its older sibling, Rosella’s, but exhibits the feral and rustic qualities imparted by elevation, thin soil, and a warmer microclimate.  The wine introduces itself with hard candy, violets, ruby red grapefruit and lavender on the nose.  The pluot and cassis characters on the palate yield to a bacon fat quality that is strongly reminiscent of the “Honey-Lavender Bacon” from our local butcher (good stuff!).  Fine-grained tannins on the finish, but this is a wine of depth and intensity that could find its true “happy spot” with some proper cellaring.  Drink 2019 – 2027. (JCM – 07/18/16)

Suggested Retail: $40
Release Date: November 2016
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
   
     
     
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