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2022 SYRAH
Sandstone Terrace


Sandstone Terrace is a blend of primarily SCM cool-climate syrah sites with the common thread of sandstone-derived soils. In most vintages, it embodies the sexy, spicy, and floral side of the varietal. Average elevation of the 2022 vintage is 1450 ft.

Nelson Vineyard (60%) is located in the Summit district of the SCM. The property was planted to chardonnay, pinot noir, and syrah in ‘99, after spending 30 years as a Christmas tree farm best known for silvertip firs, a variety that thrives at higher elevations. At 1700 ft, the vines growing in sandy loam and chunky sandstone are surrounded by redwoods and firs. The site benefits from cold, wet winters and cool to warm summers with deep diurnal shifts, great for ripening syrah while retaining high acidity. Organically farmed.

Gali Vineyard (26%) is located in the Corralitos district of the southern SCM. At the low elevation of 400 ft and approximately seven miles from the ocean, this is one of the coldest sites in our lineup. Soils are clay loam weathered from sandstone and shale, formed on ancient submarine terraces. In conversion to organics.

Coastview Vineyard (14%) is situated on a ridgetop 2300 ft up the Gabilan Mountains, and one of the most dramatically beautiful sites on the Central Coast. Here, thin soils of decomposed granite with veins of limestone are planted to a smattering of cool-climate Burgundian, Rhône, and Bordelais varietals. Organically farmed, it produces wines with crunchy freshness and elegant structure

Deep purple. Blueberry, boysenberry, spring flowers, and cocoa powder are followed by smoked meat, purple fruits, and green peppercorn. Medium body and medium plus acid are supported by fine grained tannins.

Alcohol 13.2%
pH 3.69
84% whole cluster fermentation
Native fermentation started by a pied de cuve from the vineyard 
Ten months élévage in 21% second-fill and 79% neutral French oak barrels
Eleven barrels • 264 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

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