Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Syrah label

2021 SYRAH
Sandstone Terrace


SOLD OUT-  V.22 released to members March ’24

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. 

Nelson Vineyard (44%) 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. Organically farmed.

Gali Vineyard (42%) is located in the Corralitos district of the southern SCM. At the low elevation of 400 ft and approximately six 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.

Tondré Vineyard (14%) was planted in ‘97 in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands, in granitic loam and extremely cool climate thanks to nearby Monterey Bay’s contribution of persistent morning fog and windy, sunny afternoons.


Dark purple. Black plum, brambleberry, white pepper, and dried violets are followed by black fruits, cured and smoked meats, and savory spices on the palate. Medium bodied with elegant chalky tannins. 

Tech Info
Alcohol 12.8%
pH 3.68
TA 6.9
80% whole cluster fermentation
Native alcoholic and malolactic fermentations 
10 months élévage in 38% second-fill and 62% neutral French oak barrels
Eight barrels • 193 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

96 pts Wine Enthusiast

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