2007 Highflyer Syrah, Star Lane Vineyard, Clone 877, Santa Ynez Valley 750ml 2-Pack
This intense, inky-hued wine displays expressive aromas of crushed blackberries, dark chocolate and exotic floral notes. It is deep, dark and densely brooding, as flavors of plum, mocha and licorice fill the palate, finishing with persistent notes of supple tannins and gravelly finesse.
Vineyard: Star Lane Vineyard (Santa Barbara), located at the far eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley, is both the warmest and the highest elevation vineyard in the appellation. The 4,000 acre property is planted to 237 acres of grapevines. Backing up to the lower slopes of the San Rafael Mountains, Star Lane features a unique range of weathered sand, gravel and alluvial cobbles over a clay/loam subsoil, an ideal for location for Syrah.
Weather: The 2007 growing season is one of classic character; late Spring rains delayed bud-break and the harvest was approximately two to three weeks later than “average” in getting started. Following a July heat spell, temperatures moderated to provide very even-ripening conditions that persisted through a beautiful Indian summer in October.
2009 Highflyer Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands 750ml 2-Pack
This vintage shows bright fruit focused flavors and the purity of cool climate Pinot Noir aromatics, with tiers of concentrated young cherry, cola, raspberry jam and red plum. Fleshy and full-bodied, finishing with light tannins and a lingering finish.
Vineyard: Doctors Vineyard is in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This intensely managed property has well-drained soils of sandy loam and gravel. We sourced three clones, from three small vineyard blocks to complete our 2009 blend: 828 (richness), Calera (brightness) and Swan (texture). Each of these vineyard blocks are planted between 500 and 900 feet above sea level.
Weather: The 2009 growing season brought us great density, acidity, and sweet tannin. Crop levels were slightly above normal, producing a fruit focused high quality wine. Temperatures in mid-August were mild with less fog and one warm spell that pushed sugar levels and added in tannin development. Ideal weather persisted, slowly developing the flavors into the perfect intensity.