This is a mountain vineyard that imparts characteristic purity, expressive aromatics and heightened flavor intensity not found in wines from the valley floor. 100% Syrah from an elevated south-facing site on our ridge top Anna’s Vineyard, these vines are planted in low vigor limestone soils that produce small, deeply pigmented grapes. This property is more a mirror of the northern Rhone region with our dramatic diurnal temperature swings emphasizing cool overnight temperatures to balance the warm daytime temps. Showing more than generic fruit flavors this is an example of why location is so important for growing grape vines. Melding old world terroir character (the influence of “place”) and full fruited new world ripeness, the result is a layering of lively berry flavors nuanced by subtle earthy notes.
2015 continued the long central coast drought amplified by a disturbance during the flowering, a veritable “perfect storm”, producing significantly low yields of very high quality fruit. Harvested at night in the first week of September, incoming grapes were hand sorted and de-stemmed, with additional sorting of individual grapes utilizing an optical scanner. These pristine grapes were fermented with ambient yeast in small batch stainless and concrete vats with daily punch-downs and pump overs to maintain full skin and juice contact. Ageing in a mix of barrel sizes (mostly large puncheons), 1/3 new French oak plus 2nd and 3rd use barrels, the finished wine is a blend of best vineyard blocks and clonal selections.