The Sta. Rita Hills Syrah blends fruit from two contiguous vineyard sites in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. Lafond Vineyard and Hilltop Ranch both produce cool climate Syrahs noted for their prominent spice notes.
Winemaker Bruce McGuire blends a small portion (four percent) of Grenache to balance the wine, adding a bit of bright red fruit flavor.
Winemaker Comments: Syrah seems to be very sensitive to drought conditions. 2016 had a very small crop which resulted in high quality wine with instense spicy white pepper, camphor, and dark bramble fruit notes.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah is a deep maroon color with rich purple undertones. Aromas of stewed plums, baking spices, and green pepper greet the nose. Flavors of plum continue across the palate with smashed blackberries, and white pepper. Drink this full-bodied red alongside a lamb shank, grilled eggplant, or a good burger.
Gold Medal 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2016 Syrah - Sta. Rita Hills
69% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
31% Hilltop Ranch Syrah
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 30, October 5 & 12, 2016
Sugar: 25.1 Brix
March 21, 2018
Total Acid: .68
28 barrel lot with 6 new barrels
21% new oak
Production: 686 cases
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