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2012 Tierra Alta Syrah, Santa Barbara County

2012 Tierra Alta Syrah, Santa Barbara County
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SKU: 12SYRTA
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The Tierra Alta Vineyard was planted by our friend and grower, John Belfy, back in 2000. Located in Ballard Canyon (just west of Los Olivos), it’s the steepest vineyard in the area, and is composed of limestone-rich soil. The combination of limestone and elevation makes for perfect drainage and offers ideal heating and cooling conditions for the vines. Syrah thrives under such conditions, and Tierra Alta is known for its deep, dark, intense wines.
To complement the characteristics of the grapes, the wine was aged for 19 months in older, neutral French oak barrels. It is long and luscious, worthy of stashing a few bottles away in the cellar for a few years to see how it changes.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
pH
3.59
Aging
19 months in older French oak barrels
Bottling Date
June 2014
Residual Sugar
0.060% g/L
Tannin
0.89 g/L
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Tierra Alta Vineyard was planted by our friend and grower, John Belfy, back in 2000. Located in Ballard Canyon (just west of Los Olivos), it’s the steepest vineyard in the area, and is made of limestone-rich soil. The combo of limestone and elevation makes for perfect drainage (maybe not such a big consideration in light of the drought!) plus it offers ideal heating and cooling conditions for the vines. Syrah thrives under such conditions, and Tierra Alta is known for its deep, dark, intense wines. To add to the complexity brought by the grapes the wine was aged for 11 months in a combination of French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels. It is long and luscious, worthy of stashing a few bottles away in the cellar for a few years to see how it changes.
Vineyard Notes
Tierra Alta Vineyard sits at very high elevation in the Santa Ynez valley. This elevation provides great exposure to the long days of sunshine we have here in Santa Ynez.
Production Notes
168 Cases Produced
Winemaker Notes
95% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah
3% La Presa Vineyard Petite Sirah
2% Estelle Vineyard Syrah
Other Notes
Syrah is a very versatile Rhone varietal, generally having a medium to heavy body, branded with blackberry tones. Depending on the area it is grown, it can also have pepper flavors, making it an excellent compliment to grilled steak.