2019 Syrah Grenache Mataro

2019 Syrah Grenache Mataro

Wine Information

86% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 7% Mataro




Lytton Springs


Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Opulent blackberry and black cherry on the nose, with subtle hints of leather and bergamot tea. Deep garnet in color with a medium to full body. Dark bramble fruit and hints of dried herb on the palate, finishing with well-coated tannins. MB (12/21)

Vintage Notes

A series of winter storms gave the vines much-needed moisture to start the growing season. Subsequent rain in May during bloom limited yields in the grenache and mataro. Syrah therefore plays a larger role than usual. After destemming, the grapes were fermented over eleven days with twice-daily pumpovers. The resulting wine, structured and deep in color, should be most enjoyable over the next seven or eight years. JO (3/21)


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.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 61 inches (above normal)
Bloom: May
Weather: Total rainfall for the season was over 61 inches, almost double our usual amounts. The vines responded with bountiful yields of great quality.


Harvest Dates: 17 September – 7 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5˚
TA: 5.72 g/L
pH: 3.91
Fermentation: Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (15% new, 20% one year-old, 15% two years-old, and 50% three to six years-old).
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel

Hand-harvested, sustainably grown, estate grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring malolactic bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush and 108 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 89.3

No. of Tasting Notes: 10

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