High above the Dry Creek Valley atop Bradford Mountain (1,000 feet elevation), and only 15 miles from the ocean as the crow flies and perched up above the fogline, Grist Vineyard has a cool growing season that allows for complex and developed flavors at lower potential alcohol. There’s a fantastic natural acidity to the grapes from here that brings freshness and verve.
This organically farmed Syrah block was planted in 1983; soils here are Boomer loam, a red volcanic rock that gives low yields and concentrated fruit. The vines are trained in double cordon.
Partial whole cluster fermentation with about 2% Viognier to bring out the lifted, pretty aromatics of Syrah. Aged for 11 months in 5th use French oak barrels. Double-cordon trained.