Dark, rich and extremely flavorful, with deep plum and cherry notes accented by flavors of vanilla and coffee from the dark-toasted oak barrels. The concentrated flavors and moderate tannins create a smooth mouth feel.
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 hillside Syrah is one of our last vineyards to be harvested each year. The grapes were hand-picked and arrived at the crush pad in excellent condition. The grapes were
de-stemmed without being crushed and pumped to our fermentors. The must begins to ferment with natural yeast within 48 hours of crushing. The wine is pumped-over three times a day to maximize fruit and color extraction. The 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 is racked once and then moved on to French oak with a dark toast level for aging.