2009 SCHROEDER FAMILY ‘STOLPMAN VINEYARD’ SYRAH

2009 is the first year that I contracted fruit from the Stolpman Vineyard. With help from Pete Stolpman I selected an acre block in the Originals section of the vineyard. The vines there are 16 years or older, and express the kind of complexity I’m looking for in my wines. 2009 provided the best growing season I have seen up until this point for Syrah in Santa Barbara. The acre yielded 2 tons of fruit, and the wine was aged for 22 months in French Oak, 25% new. 90 cases was the total production…. Aromas of fresh cut flowers are the first thing from the glass. The entry is intense yet elegant, with loads of blueberry, blackberry, and black raspberry. The fruit intermingles nicely with baking spice and a salty caramel. The wine is still young, but the finish will continue to lengthen with bottle age. Decant this wine for at least 30 minutes if you want to enjoy it now, or enjoy it aged through 2017. - $38

2008 SCHROEDER FAMILY ‘COLSON CANYON VINEYARD’ SYRAH

2008 is the only year I worked with the Colson Canyon Vineyard. It was actually fortunate the way it worked out, because my original vineyard contract that year fell through late in the vintage, and I scrambled somewhat last minute to find high quality fruit. In talking with a few friends in Santa Barbara, I was able to grab fruit from about a half an acre on a great part of the vineyard. 2008 was a cooler vintage in Santa Barbara, somewhat like 2006. It provided fruit that showed more flavors of earth and herb versus abundant fruit (more of a French style). I was able to get a little over a ton of fruit from the block, and I aged it in 100% second year French Barrels for 18 months. 62 cases was the total production… The nose is expressive of subtly fresh cut blueberry, unripe plum, and cinnamon spice. The palate shows some of the same nuances in addition to red fruits and rhubarb cherry amongst underlying rosemary and sage herbs. With more bottle age the wine will continue to develop an even more lengthy mid palate of dried herbs. This wine should still be decanted and should drink well through 2016. - $35

2007 SHINE CELLARS ‘WESTERLY VINEYARD’ SYRAH

2007 was the second of two years that I worked with Westerly Vineyard. I once again shared a parcel with Joe Davis and the fruit was farmed the same way as his Arcadian Syrah. 2007 was a warmer vintage that was very easy to work with. It produced fruit in a much more voluptuous style, and is the most fruit forward wine I have ever made. Having said that, early picking and particular winemaking techniques yielded a wine that is very reserved and balanced in style. I was able to get just under 2 tons of fruit from the block, and I aged it in 30% new French Oak for 18 months. The total production was 84 cases… Abundant aromas of dried violet, lavender, and rose petal lead into flavors of black raspberry and blueberry. Sweet oak tannins are apparent in the mid palate and they intermingle nicely with the fruit notes. The finish is long and lingering. The wine shows nicely now, but benefits from some decanting. It should drink nicely through 2015. - $32

2006 SHINE CELLARS ‘WESTERLY VINEYARD’ SYRAH

2006 is the first vintage of wine I produced, and was the first of two years I worked with Westerly Vineyard (now known as McGinley Vineyard). Joe Davis became my vineyard mentor and showed me many of the methods he used in farming his own Syrah for the Arcadian label. The 2006 vintage was cooler and somewhat challenging, but with the proper winemaking proved to be a great vintage for longevity and balance. I took about 1.75 tons of fruit off the vineyard, and aged it in 33% new French oak for 18 months. The total production was 69 cases… Rustic wild blueberry and clove spice awaken the senses out of the glass. The same blueberry fruit surrounds olive tapenade, earl grey tea, and tarragon spices on the palate. The age of the wine has brought about a very nice sense of rebuilt tannins that integrate nicely with the flavors. The finish is long and persistent and proves that this is a wine that can age. It drinks nicely now and will continue to do so well into 2014 or longer. - $32 (Sold Out)