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2016 Talley Vineyards Rincon Syrah
Though not widely planted in the Arroyo Grande Valley, Syrah thrives in the cool climate and calcareous clay soils of the Rincon Vineyard. In this site, the varietal captures the distinct cool climate characteristics reminiscent of the northern Rhône region of France: black color, smoky aromas and flavors of blackberry and tobacco.
Arroyo Grande Valley
Hand Harvested, September 22-27, 2016
30 months in Neutral French oak barrels
Naturally barrel fermented with native yeast
Aromas of juicy plum, black cherry, pine resin and winterfresh. Crushed blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and graham cracker on the palate. Juicy beginning, leading to delicate fine tannins.
The 2016 growing season was one of the very best in the 30 year history of Talley Vineyards. After four years of severe drought, El Niño conditions brought the most rainfall to the region since 2011. After a cool and windy spring, temperatures throughout the season were moderate, especially during the critical summer months when veraison and ripening occurred. The absence of severe heat for any extended period during the harvest season meant that the grapes were harvested at a moderate pace at optimal ripeness. Yields in the vineyard were consistent with five year averages and the resulting wines reflect the concentration, balance and elegance that is the hallmark of the confluence of a perfect growing season and a wine growing approach committed to capturing all the potential of the San Luis Obispo Coast region.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with grilled meats and sharp cheese