Santa Rita Hills

2014 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: 2014 vintage had a large crop on low vigor vines with a very open canopy and great light penetration. The resulting wines have good color and developed flavors.

A 50 day extended maceration evolved the tannin structure for a long persistent finish. Malolactic fermentation was completed on the skins in order to further integrate it into the structure of the wine.

Gold Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.
Gold Medal 2018 Miami Best of Glass

Suggested Retail: 23.00

2014 SRH Syrah 23.00

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Dates: Oct.
1-8, 2014
Sugar: 2
5.1 Brix

68% Lafond vineyards
32% Hilltop Vineyards
Santa Rita Hills

58: 60gal. Barrels
17% new
Total Acid: .71
pH: 3.38
Alcohol: 14.8%
Sugar: Dry

Date Bottled: August 17, 2015

Cases produced: 1,425