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2022 Caleta Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah

2022 Caleta Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
Wine Specs
Vintage
2022
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol %
12.9
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If California had Grand Cru Syrah.

You've heard us say this before: There is something special about a warm year in a cold zone. Vintage 2022 in Aptos-Corralitos fits the billing here. What little Syrah grows in this maritime zone can be Grand Cru quality stuff in certain years. The issue here is consistency. The microclimate is so marginal that we usually end up bottling a wine once every 2-3 years. It requires great weather at flowering (rare) + enough sunny days to ripen this late-ripening variety + mild weather deep into October. But when the stars align...watch out! This 2022 achieved 12.9% ABV which might sound low, but it's the most ripeness we've ever achieved in the vineyard. The resulting wine just explodes out the glass. Fermented on 75% whole clusters, this aromatic powerhouse is redolent of oil cured olives, Italian plums, crushed violet, fresh cracked pepper...with layers of blackberry and rosemary flower and stone. And on and on. Candidate for 'Wine of the Vintage' in our cellar. Pairings? So many, but lacquered short ribs or anchovy-rubbed lamb loins would shine.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2022
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol %
12.9

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