2019 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah
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Fruit for our Sta. Rita Hills Syrah comes from two practicing organic vineyard sites, Patterson and Casa Cassara, both planted at staggering altitudes. We find that this wine tends to be the most forward of our lineup, as fruit from the Patterson vineyard comes from younger vines, which tend to produce more generous clusters with larger berries and thicker stems.
On the nose, smoky flavors of wild berries, crushed blackberries, matchstick, and a touch of smoked meat lead to flavors of dark red fruits, briny olive, bacon fat, and incense on the palate. The wine’s gritty-yet-integrated tannins lead to a savory, fruit-tinged finish. Of our three cuvées, this is the wine to enjoy in its youth, as its striking balance between fruit and savory characteristics shines in early years. In 2019, only 188 cases of Santa Rita Hills Syrah were produced.