Ex Anima, or "from the soul" in Latin, is a series of wines that feature minimal wine making intervention and little or no influence from oak. The 2011 Ex Anima Syrah, aged in steel tank and neutral oak, presents an uncluttered expression of the three Syrah clones grown in our estate vineyard. Raspberry and blueberry define the nose with secondary notes of vanilla, cocoa, red licorice, and beef jerky. Round, mouth-filling dark berry and licorice notes pair with bright acidity and a long finish.
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Muscat. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravely Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines.
Equal parts clones: 877, Noir, 174;