This wine is 87% Grenache and 13% Syrah from grapes grown at the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the cool Edna Valley. The Grenache portion is 73% Alban clone and 27% Tablas clones. The Syrah portion is from neutral barrels that were selected for our single vineyard Syrah bottling. A little over half of the Grenache was fermented with 33% whole clusters which adds a definite layer of spice and tannin and gives more complexity as the wine ages. All of the Grenache was aged in neutral French oak, on the lees, for 17 months. The Syrah was blended in to the wine just before bottling.
Spice with wild cherry and hints of fresh herbs frame the aromas. The flavors follow in the same vein with the savory fruit notes and balanced alcohol.