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Syrah is back at Ancient Peaks, and it’s the best we’ve ever made.
Earlier this year, we told you about how winemakers Mike Sinor and Stewart Cameron tasted through all 177 barrels of Syrah from the 2011 vintage. Their goal was to select Syrah for incorporating into our Renegade red blend. But along the way, they also selected four barrels for special treatment and extended aging.
Fast forward to this week’s release of our 2011 “Jackpot” Syrah, which is now available in our tasting room. This is the wine made from those four standout barrels (all French oak, half of them new), and it is the first varietally bottled Syrah we’ve made in three years.
“We set out to produce a Syrah that is loaded with fruit and bigger in style, with a high ‘yummy’ factor but also nice structure,” says Stewart. “It’s opulent in the mouth, with layers of dark berry fruit. On the finish, though, you get the backbone that’s a signature of our estate Margarita Vineyard.”
The 2011 Syrah comes from Block 47 (75%) and Block 43 (25%) at Margarita Vineyard. Block 47 faces the southwest, allowing for enhanced sun exposure and the development of velvety dark fruit flavors. Block 43 is shielded in the afternoon by the adjacent mountain peaks, creating a cooler orientation that nurtures the varietal’s trademark spice and meatiness. Because Margarita Vineyard occupies one of the coolest growing environments in Paso Robles, it allows the Syrah grape to achieve intense varietal expression.
We felt that this wine merited our Jackpot designation, which is reserved for exclusive one-off bottlings that are exemplary of varietal, vineyard and vintage. We invite you to stop by during your next Paso Robles wine tasting tour and enjoy a taste of this standout Syrah.
Also, we are excited to donate $12 per case sold of our 2011 Syrah to MUST Charities, which is dedicated helping nonprofit organizations succeed and make a difference in the local community of northern San Luis Obispo County.