This wine walks a fine line between finesse and power, expressive high tone black fruit marked with a cool-slate like edge, compete for your attention with the hallmark savory notes of Syrah. Very long fine tannins make this wine feel full in the mouth yet the wine almost dances its way to the finish.
Syrah on granitic soils is kind of like peanut butter and jelly, tried and true. Syrah was first planted centuries if not mellienia ago in Hermitage, a giant granite hill in the northern Rhone. So who are we to mess with success? Drink now and lay some down along side your Hermitage...
Pro Tip:Drink more Syrah! It's a really exhilarating world from the Northern Rhone to many places in the New World.
Varietal - 100% Syrah
Vineyard - The Coastview Vineyard is farmed by Father-Son duo John and Parker Allen. John bought the 2,000 acre ranch undeveloped in the 90’s because he’s a visionary and a glutton for punishment. He spent seven years cutting a dirt road from the gate on the valley floor to the vineyard that even now still takes 25 minutes to negotiate. But boy is the drive worth it. Once at the top, you wonder whether you’re still on Earth (but seriously, in North America?) - it almost looks extraterrestrial. The whole thing is brought into context when you reach the top of the vineyard at 2,400 feet and can see clear out to the Monterey Bay.
John and Parker manage a small crew that works closely with them, and they employ their herd of 900 sheep instead of mowers and herbicide. Their passion for their vineyard shows through in the blood sweat and tears they expend farming this impossibly rugged terrain. We've rarely encountered vineyard owners who work so hard and that is really a loaded statement. It cannot be overstated how ridiculous it is to have a vineyard planted at the top of this mountain. However, their vision is realized in the clarity of these wines. The vineyard shines through and marks with wines with such grace and definition that they're unmistakable. The Syrah comes from Big Block, a cool, steeply sloped part of the vineyard.
Method - The fruit hung until it had a lot of that blue fruit tone and hit about 23 brix. 75% whole cluster. Cap manipulation was a combination of pigeage and pumpovers for a total of 55 days on the skins before being pressed to neutral French oak for 10 months elevage.
Unfined, unfiltered and untouched. No sulfur is harmed in the making of this wine - 209 cases produced / 13.5% Alcohol