The 2013 Syrah opens on a deep nose of dark fruit. Aromas of juicy blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry mix with subtle notes of violet, peppercorns, and mocha.
On the palate, the wine progresses smoothly with flavors of baked plum followed by vanilla and clove with toasted oak undertones. The lively acidity and velvety tannins contribute to a finish that is both fruity and spicy.
With its full-bodied taste, this Syrah will pair well with bold foods. Enjoy it with grilled meats spiced with garlic and herbs. Portabella mushroom burgers with blue cheese would also serve as a nice complement to this wine.
The heart of the Paso Robles region lies 25 miles inland from the coast with mild conditions in winter, spring and fall. Summers are mostly hot and dry, but a break in the coastal range called the “Templeton Gap” allows a marine layer to move inland late each day, lowering temperatures and providing the cool evenings and nights that promote well-balanced grape acidity.
The Adelaida district is located in the Santa Lucia Mountains on the west side of Paso Robles. The area’s lean calcareous soils and substrata of chalk-white shale control vine vigor to produce small concentrated grapes in conjunction with the nurturing marine layer, thus making it one of the premier winegrowing regions in California.
La Vista Vineyard is situated at 1600 – 1950 feet above sea level and halfway between the chilly Pacific coast and downtown Paso Robles. Developed between 2007 and 2010, it now has six acres of Syrah clone 470E planted on 420A rootstock that are trained in the vertical shoot position. The steep slopes engender Syrah wines with captivating aromatics, intense flavors and ample structure.