2018 Santa Barbara County "P.S." Syrah
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The 2018 P.S. Syrah is our most important cuvêe — it is an introduction to our wine making philosophy and the product of years of evolution in making coastal cool-climate California Syrah.
It was obvious early on that we were gifted with a rare vintage in 2018, one that would showcase our aesthetic ideals. Ample rainfall, moderate summer temperatures, and low yields produced grapes with concentration and freshness — the building blocks for making a great wine.
We knew not to push the extraction, that we must gently pull the tannins and be careful to capture the vibrancy of the fruit. The grapes come from predominately younger vineyards, which were mostly de-stemmed. There is also a healthy dose of older vine Syrah from Bien Nacido, which was mostly fermented whole cluster.
Monocepage Syrahs were the first wines I fell in love with, particularly the Syrahs from the appellations in the Northern Rhone Valley: Côtie Rotie, Saint Joseph, Cornas, and Croze Hermitage. A great Syrah combines hedonism and restraint, animal aromatics with floral bouquets, richness of fruit with elegant lift, and nobility with modesty. This is Syrah’s true calling: creating excitement and tension from balancing antipodes.
The 2018 P.S. Syrah was aged in neutral barrels and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with minimal sulfur after 15 months of elevage. Unfortunately, we printed the labels before having the laboratory test the alcohol — the actual ABV is 12.7%!
Currently available for pick up at two locations: the Piedrasassi farm stand in the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Santa Barbara, and the Piedrasassi bakery in Lompoc (on Wednesdays and Fridays, curbside pickup only). Shipping on these wines, pending availability, will recommence in the fall.