This medium-bodied syrah is that favorite cousin who visits now and then; you have a lot in common, but you always wonder why you don’t keep in touch. Deep red and black cherry aromas are braided with elements of mocha, pipe tobacco and honeysuckle before the forward palate unleashes a salvo of ripe blueberry and an understory of cherry-cola, thyme and toasted oak. It has a silky texture and rich mouthfeel with a structure of fresh acidity and rounded tannins.
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.