The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA lies along the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in Monterey County.
The Soberanes Vineyard is a site planted and farmed exclusively by the Pisoni & Franscioni families of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Tradition and excellence are built into its name and practices. Named after José María Soberanes, part of the famed Portolá expedition of 1769, the vineyard is meticulously farmed and thrives in the cool climate of fog and wind from Monterey Bay. The expression of Syrah on this site is one of beauty and finesse.
The winemaking process
The fruit was night harvested on September 26th. After a few days of cold-soaking with 45% of the whole cluster, the grapes began a native fermentation. Punch downs alternating with pump overs during the heat of the fermentation allowed for a fine balance of tannin, color and flavor extraction. After 25 days of fermentation, the wine was sent to barrel — over 50% new French oak having three to four years of air-drying on the staves. Coopering details and toast levels are specifically chosen for this single vineyard cuvée.
Critic’s tasting note
The tiny production 2015 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard is a sensational Syrah that has complexity, elegance and richness. Upfront and perfumed aromatically, yet with serious intensity in its violets, flowers, blueberries, toasty oak and spice, it has an elegant, seamless style on the palate that’s already hard to resist. Reminding me of a silky Côte Rôtie from the southern end of the appellation, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will keep for a decade.
95 points —Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
Enjoy now to 2030.