2019 Carlisle, Sierra Mar Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County California USA
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Picked October 12th, nine days before Rosella’s Vineyard, yields were near average this year, coming in at 4 tons to the acre. As usual, we opted for 22% whole cluster, just enough to make a positive contribution to aromatics and mouthfeel but not so much as to overwhelm the vineyard’s character. Like many of our wines in this vintage, we did not inoculate for fermentation, leaving it to whatever strains were thriving in the winery. After 26 days on the skins, the wine was pressed to all French oak, 18% new. Unfined and unfiltered.
Very dark purple-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, white lilies, milk chocolate, and a whiff of buttered popcorn. On the palate, medium-full to full bodied with plenty of black fruits and a wonderful creamy texture. Creamy texture seems to be a recurring theme among our 2019 reds. Suave tannins build through the long finish. Overall, a bit tightly coiled upon opening but with air, that wonderful Santa Lucia Highland’s savory-ness emerges. Given that the bottle I opened for this tasting note didn’t hit full stride until day five, I’d suggest putting this away for a while and enjoying from 2026 to 2036.
Rated 95 Points jeb dunnuck
Also from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2018 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard nevertheless shows a very different style compared to the Rosella's, offering more fruit and opulence yet slightly less complexity. Blueberries...
Rated 93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard has a deep ruby-purple color and bursts with aromas of cassis, white pepper, mint leaves and bitter chocolate with coffee and char accents. The palate is fully fruited but surprisingly...
Rated 93 Points Wine Spectator
Plump and polished, with well-structured blackberry, cracked pepper, meat and espresso flavors that glide on a rich finish. Drink now through 2029.