2018 SYRAH ESTATE GROWN
The Curtis Estate is approximately 100 acres of uplifted, gently sloping vines, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Here the vines are 15-47 years old. Though we have several Syrah blocks, our Estate Syrah is from the U-1 Block that is divided into 2 sub-blocks, A (Clone 471) and B (Clone 383). Clone 383 (a French Clone) gives ample fruit, solid structure, and a lovely cool-climate Syrah flavor profile. This clone's small, round, marble-shaped berry has tight skin, which results in more structured wines. The qualities of Clone 471 are similar, but with a bit more fruit-forward note. The U-1 block was grafted a few years ago onto Viognier vines. It has quickly become our favorite block of Syrah and results in a very delicious and complex wine. We are so excited to be producing an Estate Syrah, something we have done since 2005! The wine was bottled after 18 months in French Oak Barrels, 33% of which are new.