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2019 Foley Estates Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

2019 Foley Estates Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

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$62.00
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Available Beginning May 23rd

This wine is deep and dark, with seemingly endless layers of blue and black fruit, smoked meats, anise and espresso. Bold tannins are balanced with delicate barrel spice and vanilla bean details through the extensive finish.

Winemaker Notes

Our 2019 Syrah comes from the Syrah Noir clone, which is perfectly matched to our estate vineyard. After picking by hand, the grapes were carefully destemmed and transferred to open-top tanks for a three day cold soak prior to inoculation. After roughly two weeks, the wine was pressed and racked into a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months of aging in 60% new oak.

Composition

100% Syrah

Wine Specs

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.89
Aging
18 months in 60% new French, American and Hungarian oak
Bottling Date
June 8, 2021
Alcohol %
14.2

Production Notes

The 2019 growing season was notably cooler than average through spring and summer, but a burst of heat around Labor Day gave us the push we needed to increase Brix levels to their seasonal average. The disease pressure was low, but an anomaly of hard frost the first week of October forced us to bring the fruit in a hurry. Mother Nature delivered a roller coaster of weather, but with it came nuance and diversity of fruit expression.

Vineyard Notes

There’s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that swept the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone.