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 Firestone Vineyard Syrah

Firestone Vineyard Syrah

United States
REGION
California
SIZE
750ml
ABV
14.5%
VINTAGE
2015
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Producer
The splendidly named Leonard Firestone established his family ranch in 1972, choosing Santa Barbara County’s rugged Santa Ynez Valley to put down roots. Back then, the region had virtually no reputation for grape- growing, but following a hunch, Leonard planted a vineyard anyway. It turns out that the climate here, essentially warm but strongly influenced by Pacific fogs, is ideal for all sorts of grape varieties despite the southerly location not far from Los Angeles. Such is the variation from site to site that the region is capable of producing both pristine zesty Riesling and spicy, full-blooded Syrah.

Vineyard
The vines are all spur-pruned, planted on well-drained loamy soil, and are between ten and twenty-one years old. The crop was thinned at eighty percent veraison, and the grapes were harvested in the first week of November.

Winery
The grapes underwent a cold soak of five to nine days, followed by a ten-day fermentation at around 30°C. The wine was then aged for twenty-two months in a mix of Hungarian and American oak barriques, with thirty-five percent new wood.

Taste
Powerful yet poised, this aromatic Syrah has aromas of blackberry and black cherry along with grilled meat and nutmeg. The palate is full- bodied, rich, with a seam of freshness that brings the ripe fruit to life. Delicious, complex stuff.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 14.5%
Awards N/A
Closure Cork
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Syrah
Vintage 2015
Location
Country United States
Region California
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