Wine Information: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: Lewis Vineyard (Ventura County)
Harvest Date: September 27
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5% pH: 3.55 Production: 55 cases
Growing Season: 2016 was the fourth year of historic drought in California and resulted in tiny berries and a moderate crop. The Lewis Vineyard received 4.47 inches of rainfall between the 2015 and 2016 harvests representing a mere 29% of the average. The average daily temperature ranged from 70-75F over the course of the growing season with 20 degree diurnal swings. One heat spike over 100F occurred in mid-September. Veraison began on July 21 and the fruit was harvested on September 27.
Vineyard: The Lewis vineyard is located in Ventura County and is 19 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is a 15 year old hillside vineyard with moderate vigor that is planted to Clone 877 Syrah on 1103P root stock. The vinesare on a VSP trellis with 5 x 7 spacing. All vineyard work is performed by hand. Leaf removal and crop thinning prior was performed prior to veraison partially exposing the clusters to direct sunlight. Weekly irrigation started in mid-June.
Winemaking: The fruit was hand-picked at an average brix of 22.5. before sunrise and delivered to the winery cold. It was hand-sorted, destemmed, and gently crushed. Domesticated yeasts were pitched after a three day cold. The juice spent a total of 14 days on the skins and was dry at pressing. The lots were racked off the gross lees and spent 10 months in neutral oak barrels before bottling.
Tasting Notes: This is a vibrant cool-climate Syrah that is full-bodied and structured with earthy aromatics and a dark purple color.Flavors of blackberry fruit dominate with an underlying layer of sage creating complexity. It has a full mouthfeel, medium tannins, and has a clean finish. It is ready to enjoy today, but will evolve further and reward cellaring. Decantor allow to breathe for maximum pleasure if enjoying in 2019.
Critical Reviews: “This big but non-oaky wine starts with a rich figgy aroma that's slightly funky but engaging. It coats the palate with ripe blackberry, black-cherry and savory notes backed by firm tannins.” 89 Pts –Wine Enthusiast; 92 pts – 2018 Ojai Wine Festival