Consilience Syrah 2002
As a careful blend produced from five excellent Santa Barbara County vineyards, this Syrah again exhibits the classic characteristics of the region with rich blackberry aromas and a dense meaty palate with hints of dark cherry, mocha, and a touch of spice. The long chocolaty finish is probably the standout characteristic, almost reminiscent of those little chocolate covered cherries. Twenty four months of aging in a combination of American and French barrels provides structure with just a touch of oak and soft tannins. We're selling this too inexpensively, but that's the beauty of not having a multimillion dollar chateau to pay for.
"Very good wine, with cherry-berry-mocha fruit and a dusty tinge of spice. Its the quality of the tannins and the overall balance that lend this wine harmony and power."
Our production has grown, but we remain a small producer of premium wines loosely focused around the typical Rhone varietals. It all starts with the grapes, and we have been fortunate to establish relationships with some of the best vineyards and growers around Santa Barbara County, from whom we purchase most of our fruit. This has been pivotal in our quest to reliably produce the big, intense wines that have defined our style.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.