Estate - Los Olivos District AVA
The Syrah is part of the original planting at Ibarra-Young Vineyard, planted in 1971. It’s own rooted, it’s been farmed organically since 1993, and it’s possibly my favorite block. Can I pick favorites?? This Syrah block is located on a sandy loam slope in the most fertile section of the vineyard. These vines produce tight and dense clusters averaging the size of your palm. When they are ripe, the cluster’s dainty golden stems pop off with a small tug.
This Syrah was harvested in two picks in order to gain depth in the final wine as well as understand how the vineyard retains acidity as its sugars increase. The first pick was harvested around 20B and was fermented 100% whole cluster. The second pick was slightly smaller and was harvested around 21B. Half of the second pick was fermented 100% whole cluster, and the other half was hand destemmed into an open top barrel. Both picks received mostly foot treads for cap management. The two lots were blended together at spring time and were returned to their neutral oak vessels to rest until being bottled unfined and unfiltered on July 14, 2021. The final wine is about 80% whole cluster. Don’t let its lower alcohol fool you, this wine has depth, weight, ripe fruit, and tannin.
Let this wine take you to an old flower shop in the back alley of some European city. Think dried rose petal, raspberry tarts by the cashier stand, and well kept antique knickknacks.