Santa Rita Hills

2013 Hilltop Vineyard 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: Our second Hilltop Syrah has been amped up with the inclusion of the skins from our Rosť of Syrah. After pressing the Syrah red we added the Rosť skins. This increased the skin to juice ratio by 37%. This bottling was the preferred lot from 3 fermenters for its greater density and amplitude.

Suggested Retail: 28.00

2013 Hilltop Vineyard Syrah 28.00

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Dates: Oct. 17, 2013

Sugar: 24.9 Brix

100 % Hilltop

10 Barrels
10% new French Oak
10% new American
Extended maceration
Total Acid: .68
pH: 3.37

Alcohol: 14.7%
Sugar: Dry

Date Bottled: March 11, 2015

Cases produced: 213