2014 Firestone Vineyard Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
92 Points - The Tasting Panel
Our 2014 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah is rich and intense with aromas of blackberry and black cherries. The palate offers notes of cassis, dark roast coffee and vanilla all laced with spice tones of nutmeg and allspice. Its opulent texture and tannin weight round out the palate framing a lingering finish.
92% Syrah, 8% Grenache
Santa Ynez Valley
September 14th through October 4th, 2014
21 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 25% new
June 30, 2016
2014 produced fruit of high quality and quantity. An earlier that average bud break began in the last week of February, and a warm spring led to an early bloom and fruit set. Few incidents of frost and a warmer than average summer allowed the grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. We harvested the fruit from September 14th through October 4th, 2014.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.