2012 Wild Horse GSM Central Coast
74% Syrah, 23% Grenache, & 3% Mourvèdre
This blend was very fun to make. Grenache and Mourvèdre both bring softness, red fruit, and spice, while the Syrah brings structure, color, and high-tone dark fruit. Aromatics are reminiscent of blueberry pie, with intense dark fruit, and subtle hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Blueberry, coupled with notes of ripe plum and vanilla, transfers to the palate and is carried through to the ﬁnish with soft tannins.
Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre are picked from our favorite cool climate vineyard sources. Cooler temperatures help to preserve spiciness and lend to darker fruit characters in Syrah. The Grenache is from Sweetwater Vineyard in Monterey County. Syrah is sourced from Rancho Sisquoc, located on a plateau tucked in Santa Barbara County, lending a hefty dollop of blueberry. Our Mourvèdre comes from two sites: Santa Barbara Highlands in Santa Barbara County and Derby Vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles.
Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre were all picked at optimal ripeness as determined by tasting. All varieties were punched down two to three times per day, and each lot spent at least 7-10 days on skins to maximize extraction and achieve softer tannins. After pressing, each lot was then racked once from tank into a mix of French and Hungarian new and neutral oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, followed by 14 months of aging. The Syrah was racked from barrel and returned to barrel once during aging.
Acidity brightens the mid-palate, and lends this wine to pair nicely with lamb chops and mint sauce, or pork tenderloin with blueberry balsamic reduction.