v.2014 SO WHAT
SYRAH, Rancho San Ysidro
$40 – 750ml
20% whole cluster
20 months in 20% new barrel
The grapes are fermented in open top fermenters utilizing only the yeast that is provided by the vineyard. An extended maceration allows the wine to remain in contact with its skins for 28 days. Pressed directly to barrel, the wine ages in French oak and enjoys the kiss of 10% new wood.
So What resonates at a frequency that, for me is reminiscent of the color blue. It is for this reason that I chose to highlight the first cut from Miles Davis’ iconic album Kind of Blue, So What.
On The Palate
The nose shows nutmeg and mace with a slight hint of Mexican sage and cinnamon. As the wine opens you find the distinct memory of smoked pork belly and black cherry. On the palate are pomegranate, blackberry and black plum skin. So What finishes with a velvety richness and a touch of aged balsamic.
Rancho San Ysidro sits on a perfectly South facing slope on the southern end of the Ballard Canyon AVA. The site incorporates the finest influences of wind, soil and weather that only Santa Barbara County can offer. With the cooler nighttime temperatures and maritime fog pushing from the Pacific and the warm afternoons driven by Happy Canyon, this location combines all of the necessary conditions to perfectly ripen Rhone Varieties.