2009 Syrah, Coast View Vineyard, Monterey   

Blueberries and black currants are the typical dominant fruity characters from this vineyard. There is a very subtle hint of white pepper spice that follows through on the finish after the cassis fades away. The structure is mouth filling, with velvety tannins and balanced acidity that will allow for many years of aging.

Coast View Vineyard is an exceptional site and one that few wine lovers will ever see. Drive south to the Salinas Valley burg of Chualar, turn left and drive east, over hill and dale, until the road ends at a gate. Through the gate, over another mile or so of hill and dale to another, locked gate, and you’re still not there! And all this way, unless you know exactly where to look, you haven’t even caught a glimpse of the vineyard. In fact, until you emerge from the dirt track that winds up through the canyon, pass through yet another gate, and mount one final ridge, you haven’t a clue what awaits. Maybe this is for the better, because this site is so spectacular. It’s one of those sites that could only be planted by a determined visionary, or a lunatic.

I’m quite sure that owner John Allen is no lunatic, so he must be a visionary and we owe a debt of gratitude to that vision. John is by appearances a calm, thoughtful man, the sort who might regard the challenges of planting and farming such a site as lunacy and move on to flatter ground. But he did not, and again we have a debt of gratitude.  Try it with a hearty Spanish Black Bean Soup.

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Varietal:

Syrah/Shiraz

Winemaker:

Anthony Craig

Vineyards:

Coast View

Cooperage:

No new oak

Cases Produced:

397

Consume:

1-5 years

Residual Sugar:

Dry

Acidity:

0.66

Alcohol:

15.5%