The Syrah is a blend of two different Syrah clones from the Santa Rita Hills estate: Estrella (grown on neutral sandy soil) and the Clone 99 (dense sandy loam soil). After a manual harvest, the grapes are 70% destemmed with 30% whole cluster fermented in 1.5 ton open-top fermenters with skin and stem contact. The wine goes through a seven-day cold soak with two weeks of fermentation and one week of contact maceration, totally approximately 30 days. After the press, the wine is then immediately transferred into neutral French oak (5-20 years old) to age sur lie for about 20 months.
Aromatically the wine is bright with plum skin, crunchy Asian pear, and sweet blueberry cobbler. On the palate the wine is deliciously savory, with notes of pink peppercorns, black olives, dried rosemary, salami, peppery jerky, and balancing notes of sweet warm baking spices.