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2014 Syrah, SBC
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
Alcohol %
14.5

2014 Syrah, SBC

Rich wild blackberry and ripe black cherry are accented by sarsaparilla-like herbs, coffee and vanilla barrel notes, ending in smoky spices, and dark chocolate and an exotic array of sweet spices and savory notes. The finish is very long and layered, with medium tannins

This item is available through the Tasting Room directly. Please call us at 805-688-9463 ext 223 or email order@sunstonewinery.com for assistance and estimated delivery time.
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This item is available through the Tasting Room directly. Please call us at 805-688-9463 ext 223 or email order@sunstonewinery.com for assistance and estimated delivery time.

GRAPES

65% 2014 Syrah, Valley View Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

35% 2014 Syrah, Sunstone Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley

SENSORY

Rich wild blackberry and ripe black cherry are accented by sarsaparilla-like herbs, coffee and vanilla barrel notes, ending in smoky spices, and dark chocolate and an exotic array of sweet spices and savory notes. The finish is very long and layered, with medium tannins

VINEYARDS

Valley View Vineyard is one mile from Sunstone and gently slopes South toward the Santa Ynez River, and produces what many consider Santa Barbara County's best Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.  The hilltop vineyard produces outstanding Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

Sunstone’s 2.5 acre Syrah block was planted in 1990 in gravelly-sand and Monterey Shale on the lowest terrace of the property. Soils with moderate water-holding capacity and excellent drainage produce balanced vines and a small crop of tiny berries—perfect for making the intense wines for which Sunstone is known. Sunstone’s estate is the oldest, continuously organically grown vineyard in Santa Barbara County.

CRAFTED

Made of 100% organically grown grapes from the Sunstone Estate, the Estate Cabernet Franc comes from a gravelly-sand block on the middle terrace at the property. Soils with moderate water-holing capacity and excellent drainage produce balanced vines and a small crop of tiny berries—perfect for making the intense wines for which Sunstone is known. The fruit, picked at 24.7° Brix, were de-stemmed and gently crushed to small open top fermenters and, after a 2-day cold-soak, spent an average of 10 days on skins to best extract the intense flavors and aromas that the Estate Vineyard produces. After aging for 11 months in 20% new French oak, the wine was filtered and bottled to 315 cases of 12/750mL bottles on September 2015.

PAIRING

Syrah is a great pairing with flavorful braised meat like braised short rib, venison or game. We recommend enjoying our 2014 Syrah, SBC with a Braised Lamb Shoulder.

CELLAR

This Syrah is delicious now, if allowed to breathe for 30-45 minutes, but will gracefully mature with proper cellaring over the next 5 years. We recommend opening between 2017 and 2021.

MAKERS

Bion Rice, Director of Winemaking

Jose Gomez, Cellar Master

Guadalupe Chavez, Assistant Cellar Master

CHEMISTRY

pH: 3.71

Titratable Acidity: 0.58

Residual Sugar: DRY

Alcohol: 14.6%

Product Reviews
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Ian
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(Dec 31, 2016 at 11:54 AM)
My favorite by far. Big, meaty, but also very complex. Vanilla, baking spices, and brown sugar on the nose. Pomegranate, dark cherry, cocoa, coffee, and liquorice on the palate. Heavy enough to stand up to steak, light enough to drink while watching tv.

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