The 2006 Upper Bench Syrah has aroma profiles of dark plum, black pepper, white pepper, and hints of brown spice. The wine displays a very full mouth with a rich tannin profile of chalky tannins and flavors of dark cherry, dark plum, black pepper, a hint of leatheriness, and a long, smoky toast finish.
The Upper Bench Vineyard (Nielson and Tepusquet) is located in eastern Santa Maria Valley at the foothills of the San Rafael Mountains. Coastal
influences from the nearby Pacific Ocean keep temperatures moderately cool, help lengthen the growing season, and promote slow, even ripening
of the grapes. Climatic conditions are considered a warm Region I to a cool Region II on the U.C. Davis scale. Clones in the vineyard include the
Durrell selection, known for complexity and richness, and Clone 01 of the Australian series, recognized for its forward fruit character.