Ex Anima, or "from the soul" in Latin, is a series of wines that feature minimal wine making intervention and no new oak. The 2013 Ex Anima Syrah, aged in steel tank and neutral oak, presents an uncluttered expression of the three Syrah clones grown in our estate vineyard. Concentrated dark berry aromas define the nose with secondary notes of smoke, cocoa, licorice, and beef jerky. Round, mouth-filling dark berry and licorice notes pair with olive, black pepper and smoke held together with bright acidity and 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 Falanghina. 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. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a CCVT certified sustainable farming program tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir.
equal parts of clones 877, Noir and 174; 196 cases