This deep ruby colored wine is brooding with aromatics of blackberry, blueberry, clove, white pepper, cedar and vanilla. This medium full-bodied wine is perfectly balanced between its impressively lively acidity and elegant structure. The red fruits, Chinese five spices, and violets that live in this wines core introduce you to a softer texture and rounded tannins. It is perfectly balanced with supple beauty while still being robust. This long, gently supple finish with silky tannins resonates on your palate and entices another sip.
Los Angeles International Wine Competition – Silver
Terroirist.com July 2018 – 92 points
Estate Oak Club $25.50/bottle Reserve Oak Club $24.00/bottle
The vintage of 2016 started with a fairly mild winter which caused vines to come out of their dormancy period earlier than normal. We also saw lower than average rainfall for the fourth consecutive year. A smooth frost season led to an ideal bloom time. During this time we saw lower rainfall and limited wind, which translated into a successful fruit set and eventually one of our higher yields for Camp 4 Vineyard.
A warm summer initiated an early harvest, however the majority of the harvest season was conducted in balanced temperatures leading to favorable conditions and longer hang time. Both of these scenarios allowed for greater flavor development and concentration similar to what we saw in 2015. Unlike the 2015 vintage however, the harvest was extended allowing the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The wines in tank and barrel showed the highest potential since the 2013 vintage and highlighted a great depth, concentration, flavor and balance.
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway into Happy Canyon. The vineyard is home to 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal micro-climate with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. The sandy-loam soil aids in producing high quality wine grapes. We pride our vineyard on the perfect balance of quality and quantity with a focus on sustainable farming.
The natural freshness coupled with elegant and refined body of this Syrah provides a very versatile wine to be paired with food. Lamb, which has more flavor than other red meats, will truly stand up against the powerful mineral, earth and spice characteristics of this wine. Other pairings include french onion soup, gourmet hamburgers and even with your favorite pizza!