Santa Ynez Valley with its unique East-West orientation funnels cool winds and fog from the Pacific, giving a long growing season and world class Syrahs of personality and distinction. “Seven” is blended from several exceptional sites in SYV sub-appellations Ballard Canyon and Sta Rita Hills.
The 2020 Syrah Seven comes from fruit in Ballard Canyon and the Sta. Rita Hills. It was made without whole clusters or much new oak and matured for 17 months. It has great purity on the nose but takes significant time to open its blackcurrant, blueberry, violet and tea leaf aromas. The medium-bodied palate sits at a fulcrum between lean and ripe styles, offering concentrated flavors on a slender frame, and plenty of refreshing acidity. Offer it a couple of years in bottle or a long decant.
There are a few Rhône blends from the team as well. Looking at the 2020 Syrah Seven (95% Syrah, 4% Grenache, and a splash of Viognier), it offers a killer nose of candied red and blue fruits as well as lavender, peppery herbs, sage, and some floral nuances. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and seamless, it's a smoking good Syrah to drink over the coming 10-12 years.