Big, well-balanced flavors of cherry, spices and summer savory lead to a lengthy finish with silky tannins.
Our Syrah is grown at our Five Sisters Estate Vineyard located just to the west of the winery, perched on a small, 18-acre hillside that offers commanding views of the Carneros wetlands. It is ideally situated for growing world-class cool climate Syrah. The grapes receive cooling benefits from morning fog and afternoon breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay. During the mid-day, temperatures warm up providing the grapes with excellent exposure. This unique terroir creates a very long growing season. The rugged hillside is meticulously tended by hand (and sheep) and yields spectacular fruit year after year.
Our Los Carneros Syrah grapes were handpicked, destemmed without being crushed, and pumped to our fermentors. The must began to ferment with natural yeast within 48 hours of crushing. The wine was pumped-over three times a day to maximize fruit and color extraction. Fermentation was kept at moderately warm temperature and the must was pressed shortly after the wine had gone dry to achieve the desired amount of tannin and extract. The wine was racked once and then moved on to French oak with a medium-dark toast level for aging.