10 months in French oak, 50% new
2018 Wrath Syrah, San Saba Vineyard
While the impenetrable color would suggest a wine of epic power, this Syrah is surprisingly elegant and graceful. The aromatics include blackberry, leather, graphite and peppercorns. The palate is rich, concentrated and structured thanks to the firm natural acidity and seamless tannins. As with its predecessors, the 2018 San Saba Syrah is a reflection of the minerally soils, strong afternoon winds and cool ambient temperatures of our estate vineyard.
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is sheltered in a nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, roughly 25 miles southeast of the town of Monterey. Our climate is heavily influenced by the morning fog and afternoon winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our unusual climate allows us to produce ripe, concentrated wines of exceptional balance.
Produced using only specifically selected barrels to represent the best of the vintage. Estate grown grapes are handpicked and hand sorted before resting in small bins, 20% of which go through whole cluster fermentation. Afterwards, transferred to small French oak casks, 50% of which were new oak, and rested for 10 months before bottling, on site, and resting again for two years. This extra time in bottle allows the wine time to mature and be ready to enjoy when opened.
equal part of clones 174, Noir and 877 285 cases