2018 "The Initiation" Syrah

Soberanes Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, CA

  • Producer

    Cattleya

  • What we love

    Cattleya’s “The Initiation” is Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah at is finest. A classic cool climate Syrah, “The Initiation” offers a gorgeous perfume of blueberries, violets, licorice, and bacon that develops and opens up beautifully with air. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, seamless texture, incredible elegance and purity, and a great finish. It is simply lovely stuff.

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About this Wine

The Soberanes Vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County amid the sandy loam soils boasting significant sub-soil boulders layered into the alluvial fan. Meticulously farmed by the Pisoni & Franscioni families, the vines thrive in this cool site among foggy mornings and Pacific winds. You can expect hints of minerality, beautiful acidity while the tannins wrap the mouth-feel with a unique velvet texture. Cheers!

  • 97 points, Jeb Dunnuck
  • 95 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California
  • SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” (2015)
  • 150 cases produced.

 

  • Technical Data:
  • 100% Syrah
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Aging: 22 months in 75% new French oak
  • Drink now through 2030

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