2017 99 Steps
Exclusively for members of the Family Club
West Side Syrah in Paso Robles has become something of an arms race as winemakers hustle to find fruit in a relatively small area. With an atypical ability to ripen grapes, but preserve acidity and freshness, it’s no wonder why this is the case. This Syrah from the Willow Creek District sits high atop a hill, overlooking the lower, rolling hills below it. The vines are exposed on a south west facing slope with deep and thick soils of granite and limestone. Co-fermented with Viognier grapes, grown from the same vineyard, this Syrah is deeply colored with savory and delicately fresh fruit aromas and flavors.
Candied bacon, fresh raspberries, and lavender dominate a shy but highly complex nose. Shoe leather and dried figs even provide a rustic back-tone. Velvety smooth entry, this texture is heightened by a bright and vibrant acidity. Fresh and juicy cranberry fills the palate while toasted cedar notes coats the edges. Finishes smooth and flavorful, laying this one down is sure to show true beauty in age.