Winemaker Bruce McGuire uses fruit from Hilltop Ranch to create this quintessential cool climate Syrah. Hilltop Ranch benefits from the cool climate and the ocean marine layer of the Sta. Rita Hills -- the cool climate encourages Syrah with strong green pepper notes. Just North of the Lafond Vineyard, these vines enjoy well drained soil that helps concentrate flavor in each berry.
Winemaker Comments: This block was originally planted to Zinfandel in the mid 80's. In the mid 90's it was grafted to Syrah because of the success of Lafond Vineyard's Syrah in the adjoining property. This 2016 Syrah experienced late ripening with cool climate spice of white pepper, camphor, and dark bramble fruit. It spent 52 days on the skins for texture and length of finish.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Hilltop Vineyard Syrah is a deep purple color with garnet secondary tones. This wine opens with full aromas of brandied cherry, tilled earth, and eucalyptus. Ripe flavors of cherry, black olive, and green peppercorn follow across the palate. Full-bodied with high tannin, drink with confit game bird, grilled lamb, and rich red wine sauces.
2016 Syrah - Hilltop Ranch Vineyard
100% Hilltop Ranch Syrah
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
October 12, 2016
Sugar: 25.1 Brix
March 21, 2018
Total Acid: .68
6 barrel lot with 2 new French barrels
33% new oak
Production: 143 cases
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