Penville 2016 Syrah Stolpman Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
This vineyard is one of the best in the region with underlying limestone clay which retains water but still stresses the vines, so they have to dig deep for the nutrients. There is something about the struggle for the vines that really just gives the grapes a boost of intensity. This wine sees partial whole cluster which boosts the sweet aromatics and tannic structure and then it is fermented in open top fermenters with native yeasts and aged for 19 months in neutral French Barriques. The aromatics on this wine are no joke very intense with lots of fruit and spice, the palate has a strong tannic grip but is so well balanced it appears soft on the finish. It is the perfect combination between sweet and spicy.