"The 2021 Syrah-Grenache is another fabulous wine from Tyler and Rachel Eck. Bright, savory and vibrant, the 2021 bristles with energy from the get go. Lively acids run through a core of blue/purplish fruit, lavendar, cloves and menthol. The 2021 is deep and full of flavor, yet also light on its feet. Today, it is positively stellar."
95 points - Antonio Galloni
Grapes were hand harvested with an average of 48% whole bunches retained. Fermentation took place by native yeast with no addition of SO2. A combination of gentle pumpovers and punchdowns were performed until the fermentation was complete and the must was basket pressed. Malolactic conversion was by native bacteria.
Aged 10 months in neutral French oak puncheon and barriques prior to bottling unfined & unfiltered. Minimal effective SO2 added prior to bottling.
Juicy blue fruit, damp earth, and savory herbs are lent to this wine from the Syrah. While Grenache contributes red plum flavors and a fleshiness to the mid palate, adding brightness to the brooding character of Syrah. Subtle, but firm tannins and coolclimate acidity lead to a mouth-watering finish.
2021 was a return to normal on the SLO Coast and has produced one of the best vintages of recent years. After a cool spring we welcomed a classic summer of foggy mornings and warm days. Our vineyards love this combination of weather that allows for slow ripening, leading to concentrated flavors, high natural acidity, and moderate levels of sugar. Harvest proceeded without significant weather events or the heat waves that have become a particular worry for us. Without incremental weather forcing our hand, we were able to closely monitor the vineyards and make picking decisions around flavors. This is a vintage that