Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and dry growing season that results in wines with remarkable depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. Our SLH vineyards- Lone Oak, Smith, Doctor's, and Hook- are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, plentiful sun and well-drained soils aid concentration and flavor development.
Aromas of cocoa powder, blackberry cobbler, cinnamon, vanilla, mulberry pie, and white pepper, this blend develops further as you sip. In the mouth you are greeted by delicate yet slightly drying tannins, blackberry and mulberry fruit notes, a touch of leather, smooth toasty oak, and savory spice rack, culminating in a lingering finish full of dark fruit.
100% Hook Vineyard. Below average temperatures remained over the region through the end of May and into June. There were a series of lows passing through with some moisture. These gusty northwesterly jet streams caused upwelling of very cold water in the Monterey Bay. This wind and cold water impacted the Salinas Valley day and nighttime temperatures. As most vineyards were in bloom during that period, the cooler temperatures caused an elongation of the typical time it takes for the fruit to set.
Our inspiration for GSM comes from the Rhone valley of southern France. We cultivate one of the few blocks of Syrah in the Santa Lucia Highlands, and we farm the only productive Grenache. Our estate grown GSM combines the richness and depth of the Santa Lucia Highlands while honoring the regal heritage of the Rhone blends.
Food Pairing Notes
Mexican pot de creme.