The Joy Fantastic Syrah 2016, Sta. Rita Hills
Our favorite wine-making couple, Amy Christine and Peter Hunken, developed and planted this certified organic vineyard in 2014. The vines are own-rooted and are perhaps the farthest west Syrah planting in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Wait - what the heck is own-rooted? Own-rooted vines behave maturely years earlier than grafted vines and require far less water to get established and can more easily live without irrigation, they don't need as much fertilization or irrigation, handle extreme weather better, and are more resistant to fungus and diseases.This impeccably crafted Syrah is elegant, restrained and balanced, with all the dark fruit we love in Syrah, but not the typical weightiness and heavy mouthfeel. There are lovely notes of blackberry and dark cherry with lovely savory tones at the end. This juice can be paired with the usual suspects; grilled meats, vegetables, barbeque chicken and gouda, and is versatile enough to be drunk on its own. Yes, there's a joke here but she's sitting right across from me and she's gonna read this.