Rancho Sisqouc Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
For at least 10 + years I have been shouting from the rooftops, some of the best Syrah on the planet grows on the upper terrace of the McMurray Bench at Rancho Sisquoc. This vintage continues to lend itself to this principle, to the point where I have decided to elevate this cuvee into the Terroir Extraordinaire portfolio.
In the glass the opaque, purple liquid offers up heady aromas of black fruits that are like an entanglement of cassis, smoke and flowers. Not for the faint of heart, its structure is for the long haul, with beautiful dusty tannins perfectly woven into the fabric of its mouthfeel. Its central theme is concentration. It’s location, location, location, along with grower Ed Holt’s well executed farming, a combination that coaxes out the true nobility of Syrah.
100% Syrah, McMurray Bench at Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Maria Valley