The 2006 Santa Barbara County Syrah combines fruit from most of the vineyards we work with. As usual, it is big and bold, and clearly more than the sum of its parts. This year's vintage has flavors reminiscent of Croze Hermitage - powerful, dark, tar-y, fruit, spicy stuff, with a sweet, full finish. It is a serious wine that is approachable in its youth. Sharing the same farming and winemaking techniques as our vineyard designated wines, it is a wine of great complexity and lower price.