2013 Bishop's Peak Rincon Vineyard Syrah
Though our production of Syrah dates to 1999, we have grown it ourselves since 2005. It thrives in the calcareous clay soil of the West Rincon Vineyard where it displays classic cool climate characteristics of smoke, white pepper and roasted coffee. Black ruby in hue, the 2013 Bishop’s Peak Rincon Vineyard Syrah expresses aromas of smoked meat, roasted coffee, and oregano. The palate is well-balanced and approachable, revealing lush notes of blackberry and an expressive white pepper finish. Try pairing this wine with steamed pork buns or braised Hoisin short ribs.
Arroyo Grande Valley
October 15 and November 12, 2013
18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
native yeast in 1.5 ton fermenters
The 2013 vintage marked the second abundant harvest in a row at Talley Vineyards and the second year of the California drought. At 6 inches, total rainfall was less than 30% of the average for coastal San Luis Obispo County. Dry conditions in the spring at bloom time afforded excellent fruit set and these ideal growing conditions continued throughout the summer and fall with no rain during harvest and very little mildew or botrytis pressure. Yields were about 25% above average and the resulting wines are elegant and balanced.