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2021 Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

2021 Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

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A co-ferment of Syrah with a discreet percentage of Viognier, reminiscent of the wines of St. Joseph in the Northern Rhône. A cool, long growing season enhanced the expression of rotundone (white pepper). 50% whole cluster. Aged in used barrique. Bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

It is an established tradition, at least in Côte-Rôtie, to co-ferment Viognier with Syrah. This is said to enhance the aromatic potential (good!), the alcoholic degree (not so necessary in California), color stability and structure of the wine. The Viognier has added a unique floral note to the otherwise peppery Syrah. (It is important to note that the Santa Maria Valley is one of the climatically coolest sites in California where Syrah can be successfully grown, and enjoys perhaps among the very longest growing seasons. These are two important factors contributing to the formation of rotundone, the sesquiterpene molecule responsible for the peppery aroma in wine.) So, without further ado, the notes: As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, The Language of Yes project is not intended to try to slavishly replicate the wines of Southern France, but rather to seek to find and amplify the unique characteristics of our climats and terroirs in the Central Coast of California, (at the same time seeking inspiration from our Gallic equivalents.) Having said that, there is the most remarkable “taste-alike” correspondence between this wine and the Platonic goût de Provence - a singular ubiquitous balsamique (resinous) quality imparted some say by the local underbrush, the garrigue - lavender, rosemary and sage, notably - but perhaps also by proximal pine forest. In any event, the wine is marked by its lively acidity, vivid pepperiness, with strong suggestion of black olive, violets, licorice and white flowers. On the palate, slightly angular immediately upon opening but softening considerably with time. The wine was not filtered and will greatly benefit from decanting and a healthy exposure to air.

Vineyard Designation

Rancho Real

Wine Profile

Vintage 2021
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Composition 86% Syrah 14% Viognier
Appellation Santa Maria Valley
Acid 5.6 g/L
PH 3.62
Aging 12 mos in used barrique
Fermentation Naturally in stainless steel, 50% whole cluster
Alcohol % 14
Size 750 ml
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