Paraiso Vineyards Syrah 1999

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California

Item No. 27345
  • red wine
  • WE88

Winemaker's Notes

The Vineyard Seven hillside acres are planted to Syrah on the 400-acre Smith family home estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Richard and Jason Smith planted the vines in 1994, and 1996 is the first vintage to be produced. The vertically trained, double row terraces face south, protected from the wind. The vines benefit from the shelter and the heat which radiates off the hillside to achieve optimal ripeness and expression of varietal Syrah character. The Season The growing season had consistently mild temperatures with little fog and less than usual of our 'Salinas Valley Wind'. The winter was wet with an unusual frost in early March and an early bloom beginning in April. Bloom weather was warm and kind. This, coupled with consistent 80º days through the growing season, contributed to record tonnage and flawless fruit. The Wine The grapes were cold soaked for 24 hours in small open-top fermenters before being inoculated. The must was then hand punched 3 to 4 times daily throughout the fermentation process. The wine was pressed and transferred to a selection of oak barrels where it aged for 10 months. The Paraiso Springs Vineyards Syrah exhibits the saturated red-violet hue traditional for Syrah. Aromas of raspberry and cranberry are set off by vanilla and spice. The bright fruit and creamy oak carry through to the smooth finish, where hints of strawberry and violet linger. Total Production: 700 cases

Learn About Paraiso Vineyards

Rich and Claudia Smith arrived in Monterey County in 1973, their children and belongings in the car. Fresh out of college, the young couple was searching for the perfect locale to try out their newly minted U.C. Davis training. Thirty years later, the Smith Family is one of the most influential and respected growers on California"s Central Coast - the Smith Family has been...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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Winemaker's Notes The grapes were cold soaked for 24 hours in small open top fermenters before being inoculated. The must ...
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