Santa Rita Hills

2011 SRH Syrah
The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.

In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are what gives our Santa Rita Hills Syrah its spicey rich complex flavors.

Our grapes are picked at night so that when they are processed in the morning the temperature in the fermenters can be quickly dropped allowing the maximum extraction of flavor.

Winemaker's Comments: This SRH bottling continues to showcase the cool climate character of Syrah as grown in the Santa Rita Hills. 2011 was a cool and a late harvest with a small crop. In spite of the coolness the vines matured well and we picked at optimum ripeness. The wine shows intensity and complexity.

Wine Spectator 88 'Fresh and zesty, with dark berry, pepper and chewy tannins lending personality and depth. Tightens up on the finish. Drink now through 2019.'

Gold Medal / Best of Class 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2014 Tasters Guild Wine Judging

Gold Medal 2014 LA International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2014 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal / Best Syrah 2014 Lone Star Intl. Wine Comp.
Gold Medal 2014 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
Best of Class 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.

Special for a Limited Time: 19.00
( was 23.00 )

2011 SRH Syrah 19.00

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Dates: Nov.3-17, 2011
Sugar: 24.6-26.1 Brix

74% Lafond
26% Hilltop Ranch
Santa Rita Hills

70 Barrels
16% new
8 months in oak
Total Acid: .71
pH: 3.48
Alcohol: 14.7%
Sugar: Dry

Date Bottled: August
22, 2013

Cases produced: 1720