Santa Rita Hills
2013 SRH Syrah
The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are what gives our Santa Rita Hills Syrah its spicey rich complex flavors.
Our grapes are picked at night so that when they are processed in the morning the temperature in the fermenters can be quickly dropped allowing the maximum extraction of flavor.
Winemaker's Comments: This cool climate Santa Rita Hills Syrah is spicier than those from warmer appellations. It has undergone extended maceration with 50 plus days on the skin after fermentation producing a wine that is more complex, deepening and extending its flavors.
90 Points 2016 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal/Best Syrah 2017 Winemaker Challenge
Gold Medal Best of Class 95 Points 2017 California State Fair
Suggested Retail: 23.00/750ml
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