Each month we spotlight one of our small-production, single-vineyard wines with a deep dive into the vineyard location, property history, wine style and pairing preferences. This month, our monthly spotlight is…
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Dark rich plum on the nose with notes of sweet cigar and roasted meat. Medium to full body with elegant, fine-grained tannins. Robust finish that lingers on the palate.
Lytton West Hillside, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Countyof Paso Robles within the Templeton Gap District.
This wine comes from two hillside parcels at Lytton West. One is planted entirely to syrah while the other is planted to half grenache and half mataro. Mataro, a late ripening variety synonymous with mourvedre, does not always mature before the onset of fall rains.
Part of this year’s Holiday Pairing Feast, this Provence-inspired dish is simple to prepare and pairs beautifully with a wide variety of wines. We love it with our Syrah Grenache Mataro, whose savory notes and fine-grained tannins pair perfectly with the crispy chicken.
“Candied strawberries, blueberries, wildflowers, cracked pepper, and violets all emerge from the 2018 Syrah Grenache Mataro, a rich, medium-bodied blend of 59% Syrah, 27% Grenache, and 14% Mataro. It’s balanced and offers wonderful purity as well as firm yet ripe, polished tannins. It will gain a touch more complexity (it’s far from unapproachable today) with short-term bottle age and have 10-12 years of prime drinking.” (July 2021)