A 50/50 blend of two personalities of syrah: the extremely cool-climate and coastal Gali Vineyard, and the warmer, high elevation Zayante Vineyard. These components come together to exude the spicy, floral, and feminine side of syrah.
Gali is located in the Corralitos sub-district of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. At the low elevation of 400 feet and approximately six miles from the ocean, this is one of the coolest sites in our lineup. Soils are clay loam weathered from sandstone and shale, formed on ancient submarine terraces. No herbicides are used here and watering is quite minimal.
Zayante sits at 1,200 feet on the ocean side of the central Santa Cruz Mountains, and was planted in 1988 by Greg Nolton. Own-rooted, dry-farmed, and certified organic, this is a true mountain site. Soils are Lompico clay loam- material that was weathered from sandstone, shale, conglomerate, and granodiorite.
Deep magenta and medium bodied. Aromas of red plum, leafy herbs, pepper, and candied violet are supported by asian five spice, potpourri, and purple fruits on the palate.
85% whole cluster fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentations
10 months élévage in 10% second-fill and 90% neutral French oak barrels
Ten barrels • 239 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered
93 points Wine Enthusiast