2017 Ascona Vineyard Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains
Located at the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ascona Vineyard has only 3 rows of Syrah planted. The Syrah is cooled by onshore winds, promoting a fresh acidity with low sugars at peak maturity. This Syrah is fermented as whole clusters with an extended maceration under carbon dioxide gas. Gently pressed to neutral, French oak barrels. 12 months of élevage on fine lees.
This Syrah has subtle aromatics of violet flowers, cured meat, mushroom, and tobacco. Soft tannins compliment juicy fruits of red cherry and boysenberry. There is a wonderful earthiness in this wine without being overbearing or over extracted. Pair with any hearty meats or charcuterie and cheese.