2021 SYRAH ROASTED SLOPE
Our Roasted Slope has been among our most sought-after wines, each and every vintage, since we first dreamed it up back in 1996 after a nursery mistake left us with a Syrah vineyard inter-planted with about 8% Viognier. Rather than pout about it, we decided to begin to co-ferment the two grapes together, just like they do in the famed Northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. I decided to name this new wine Roasted Slope (a direct and literal translation of Côte Rôtie). I am crazy proud to release the new and improved Roasted Slope, a blend of co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, all from vineyard blocks along Alisos Canyon Road and our very own Estate. This proprietary red wine picks up right where we left off and even leap frogs the qualities of the original wines. We sincerely hope that you love this new wine as much as we do! The 2021 Roasted Slope is a dead ringer for a high-end Cote-Rotie with aromas and flavors of black cherry, mixed berry pie, cocoa, toasty French Oak, roasted tomato, white flowers, honey, and peach. The aroma alone really takes you on a journey. The wine is a very dark, brooding red/black with ripe, sweet tannins and a very velvety mouthfeel and a long finish balanced by natural acidity. This wine will start to sing in about 5 years and improve for a decade or more.
"The 2021 Roasted Slope is incredibly polished and elegant. Silky and perfumed, with a gorgeous presence, the 2021 is impressive right out of the gate. Crushed flowers, mint, blood orange, red-toned fruit and rose petal are beautifully delineated in this vibrant, mid-weight Syrah. Give the tannins time to soften." 95 Points Antonio Galloni for Vinous