2017 Lincourt Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
This wine opens with intense aromas of dried blue fruit and cranberries with accents of blackberry and black pepper. On the palate this wine shows the warm vintage with velvet tannin and balanced acidity, showcasing dried fruit notes of blueberry and cherries melding with accents of dried oregano and French oak. This wine would be pair perfectly with a proper steak frites.
The 2017 vintage is one I will never forget. It was a year of growth and challenges hurled at us by mother nature. The growing season started off bold with early bud break followed by a few sporadic frost events. Overall, the growing season temps where moderate to cool rendering moderate and uniform berry set. As harvest approached, Mother Nature delivered extremely warm temperatures which cued the start of harvest on August 31. Harvest wrapped up October 17 resulting in moderate yields and full flavor development.
Sta. Rita Hills
Rancho Santa Rosa East
20 months in French and American oak, 70% new
June 20, 2018
Following harvest, the fruit was cold soaked for a few days to extract color, flavor and tannin prior to fermentation. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which were new.
As part of the original Spanish Land Grant, Rancho Santa Rosa is one of Santa Barbara’s most historic properties. This beautiful south-facing hillside climbs from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. It features 59 individual micro-blocks delineated by terroir, soil type, elevation, grade and exposure to the maritime winds off the Pacific Ocean.