Slide Hill Vineyard, Edna Valley, CA
Lovingly Grown by Brook Williams
Fermented in small open top bins, 1/3 Whole Cluster
Aged 19 Months in French Hogsheads and Barrique
40% New Oak, 60% Once Used and Neutral Oak
Bottled Unfined, Unfiltered, June 20 2017
A mere 151 cases were ever filled
As you know, our SPOT bottling is simply a way to highlight a specific vineyard and grower from a certain year. This wine is always a barrel selection from the cellar and only my favorite lots make the cut. These wines normally show great qualities of ageworthiness and also individuality. For the 2015 Vintage I chose our Slide Hill Vineyard Syrah, lovingly/biodynamically grown by my friend Brook Williams in Edna Valley just outside the city of San Luis Obispo. This wine is incredibly structured and will age very well. I never racked this wine until bottling, so it is very tight and closed when you first pop the cork. After 2-3 hours in the decanter it really comes alive. It takes some patience and oxygen to bring out all the complexity, nuance, and silkiness this wine has to offer. When it finally opens up the wine offers smoke, cedar, blackberries, cherries, pepper, and minerals.