The 2016 ‘109 Mile Syrah’ is a cool-climate Syrah from a single estate vineyard in Ventura County. This site is 19 miles from the Pacific with average daily temperatures around 75F and a 20 degree diurnal temperature swing.
This is a classic Syrah with a perfect balance of vibrant acidity, restrained alcohol levels, and dark blackberry fruit flavors. Only two barrels were produced.
Individual vineyard rows were selected at harvest to balance structure, color, and acidity in the finished wine. The grapes were hand-picked before sunrise in late September. The grapes arrived at the winery cool, were hand-sorted, gently crushed, and divided into two separate lots.
Both lots went through a three day cold soak before each was inoculated with a different yeast. One yeast was chosen to accentuate aromatics while the other was chosen to maximize body. The must was then fermented to dryness over 10 days with malolactic fermentation being initiated partway through the fermentation. Each lot of wine was then barreled separately for tasting and aging before the decision was made to blend the lots together during the second racking in January. The wine was aged in neutral oak barrels for 10 months prior to bottling in July 2017.
The 109 Mile Syrah can be enjoyed today and will continue to evolve complexity with bottle aging for the next five years. Decant or allow the bottle to breathe for 30 minutes if drinking today.
Retail price: $44