Santa Rita Hills

2012 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: 80% of the wine received an extended maceration of 50 days on the skins before pressing. This produces changes in the tanin structure enabling a more complex longer finish. I think it makes for a more interesting wine highlighting the cool climate spice and lavender of our SRH Syrah.

89 Points 2015 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2015 Critics Challenge
Gold Medal 2016 Miami Best in Class Wine Competition

Suggested Retail: 23.00/750ml

2012 SRH Syrah 23.00

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Dates: Oct. 17-Nov. 2 2012
Sugar: 24.4-26.3 Brix

53% Lafond
47% Hilltop Ranch
Santa Rita Hills

50 Barrels
18% new
8 months in oak
Total Acid: .69
pH: 3.42
Alcohol: 14.8%
Sugar: Dry

Bottled: August 19-20, 2013

Cases produced: 1227