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Winemaker Bruce McGuire is an early pioneer in blending Syrah grown throughout the east-west traverse of the Santa Ynez Valley. Because Syrah is proving to be the rare example of a varietal that can be grown in all the temperature zones found in our valley, blending vineyard sites has become an intriguing endeavor.
This bottling of Syrah highlights both the cool climate forward flavors of white pepper and lavender, and the jammier full fruit character experienced in the back of the mouth courtesy of the warmer eastern Santa Ynez Valley.
Most of the wine was aged in small 60 gallon French and Hungarian barrels as Syrah benefits from ample barrel time. Pair with rustic fare, slightly charred grilled meats, spring lamb, seared Ahi, and washed rind cheeses.
Winemaker's Comments: The 2013 Syrah is our first Santa Barbara Winery Syrah that underwent 100% extended maceration. The skins remained in contact with the fermented wine for 50 days.
The result is a structured and more complex wine. 30% of the grapes are from the Joughin vineyard near Los Olivos, an area much warmer than our Santa Rita hills where both Lafond and Hilltop vineyards are located. This is a rich example of a Santa Ynez Valley Syrah.
Gold Medal 2016 Tasters Guild
Gold Medal 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 San Diego Wine Competition