2011 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

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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.

Varietal Characteristics

Syrah can be 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 a steak.

Vineyard Source

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.

196 cases produced

2011 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard