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2015 "A" Cuvée Syrah

A blend of cool and warm climate Syrah grapes. Aromas of juicy black plum, cassis, earth and cracked pepper.
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Description

This wine is one of Ken’s signature Syrahs in which he has expertly blended warmer climate and cooler climate Syrah for a superbly integrated and balanced wine. Rich aromatics of juicy black plum, black raspberry and cassis mingle with hints of earth, cracked pepper and roasted fowl. Vibrant flavors of dark plum accented by subtle notes of dried herbs, espresso and toasted marshmallow are enveloped in a luxurious mouthfeel. Velvety tannins beautifully bridge the wine from beginning to end, culminating in a lingering finish. The plush texture and layers of complexity will only be enhanced with additional time in the cellar.

Vineyard Notes

McGinley Vineyard is located in the Happy Canyon AVA of eastern Santa Ynez Valley, a traditional Syrah-growing zone that enjoys a relatively warm microclimate due to its inland position. The Syrah grapes were picked along with a small amount of Viognier and were co-fermented, a Rhône tradition that adds a touch of brightness and floral notes to the finished Syrah. Watch Hill Vineyard is a moderately cool site, located in the Los Alamos Valley of Santa Barbara County in closer proximity to the coast where cool days and nights prevail.

Production Notes

The 2015 vintage is a record vintage in many ways. It was the earliest harvest on record, eclipsing the previous 2014 record by up to two weeks for most varietals. A relatively mild winter led to an early start to the ripening cycle. Once buds began to push, mild spring weather allowed them to develop at an accelerated pace uninterrupted by spring frosts. Yields were also record low, averaging 30-50% below historical averages. Near perfect ripening conditions coupled with small berry size resulted in superb quality fruit. Grapes for this Syrah were harvested on September 1 and September 3.

Winemaker Notes

This wine is one of Ken’s signature Syrahs in which he has expertly blended warmer climate and cooler climate Syrah for a superbly integrated and balanced wine. Rich aromatics of juicy black plum, black raspberry and cassis mingle with hints of earth, cracked pepper and roasted fowl. Vibrant flavors of dark plum accented by subtle notes of dried herbs, espresso and toasted marshmallow are enveloped in a luxurious mouthfeel. Velvety tannins beautifully bridge the wine from beginning to end, culminating in a lingering finish. The plush texture and layers of complexity will only be enhanced with additional time in the cellar.
Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal 100% Syrah
Varietal Composition 97% Syrah 3% Viognier
Appellation Santa Barbara County
Acid 5.6 g/l
PH 3.74
Alcohol % 14.5
Size 750 ml