Winemaker Bruce McGuire is a pioneer when it comes to blending Syrah grown across the east-west traverse of the Santa Ynez Valley. Because Syrah is proving to be the rare example of a varietal that can be grown in all the temperature zones found in the valley, blending vineyard sites has become an intriguing endeavour.
The majority of the wine was aged in small 60 gallon French and Hungarian oak barrels (18% new). The result is a structured and complex wine. This bottling of Syrah highlights the assertive cool-climate flavours of white pepper and lavender and a full, jammy back-palate courtesy of the warmer eastern Santa Ynez Valley.
“Black-cherry and blackberry aromas are framed by oak tones and lifted by crushed flowers on the nose of this bottling, which evolves quite quickly as it sits in the glass. Tangy black-plum-skin flavors are tart and tightly wound on the palate, graced with a pinch of pepper on the finish.”
89 points, Wine Enthusiast, March 2019