2017 Arroyo Grande Valley Syrah, Rim Rock Vineyard
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The Rim Rock Vineyard is now farmed by Piedrasassi. We signed a lease to the vineyard in 2016 and began the process of farming the vineyard with organic practices. The vineyard lies on a ridge of weathered stones (Chamise Shaly Loam) less than 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The own-rooted vines (grafted from Chardonnay) were planted in 1988, and yield very small quantities of grapes.
Rim Rock is ever-constant in its expression of violets – a character of Syrah that is very elusive, and only reveals itself when planted in a great terroir. These delicate floral aromas coalesce with notes of iodine, white pepper and wild blueberry. The wine is restrained but speaks volumes in its subtlety––and ultimately concludes with a persistent finish of dusty tannins.