We selected our Syrah from several vineyards along the California Coast. A majority of our fruit came from Paso Robles, which, like San Benito, produces powerful, ripe Syrah grapes with dense, dark fruit and abundant round tannins. Monterey, which is slightly cooler, gives the lifted, bright red berry notes, higher acidity and a slightly more angular tannic structure. We were lucky to get some wonderful fruit from the Fess Parker vineyard in Santa Barbara; these grapes are dark, black and tannic, with interesting savory notes.
“This is a style that I really like drinking,” admits Winemaker Jim Corkin, a New Zealand native. “A perfect fit for roast lamb or barbecue.”