The grapes for this Syrah were sourced from vineyards in the Central Coast AVA, where high winds, dry days, and ocean fogs create a cool, but very long, growing season. These growing conditions are ideal for grapes such as Syrah, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was fermented in stainless steel. The wine completed malo-lactic fermentation in French oak barrels, where it aged for 8 months prior to bottling.
With its maritime influence, California's Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Syrah has a dense core of blueberry and blackberry fruit, supported by layers of spice and rich vanilla tones.
Press & Acclaim
"Chopped herbs, licorice and a bit of smoke lead the nose on this affordable wine. It's thinner on the palate, with more licorice that spices up the red fruit flavors. The finish shows some tannic grip.
- M.K. Wine Enthusiast, Buying Guide, November 2014 Download PDF
"The Mandolin is a deep purple in color with lots of blackberry and spice in the nose. The flavors are rich and concentrated, with tons of blackberry mixed with a little plum, highlighted by earthy understones which are accompanied by mild toasty tannins in the finish.""
- Norman Bentley, PineIsland-Eagle, June 12, 2014 Download PDF
Oak Cooperage: French oak 8 months
Residual Sugar: 0.039 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 642