2017 Robert William Ranch Syrah
Aromatics of spice, cured meats and bacon fat. On the palate - more spice, blue fruits, violets, fine tannins and mouth coating volume.
This 118 acre ranch, located at the Eastern edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA, was once part of the old Rancho Santa Rosa. Owned by the Hollister Holdings and used for cattle grazing. Since then, John and Nikki Patterson have been inspired to maintain a polyculture of plantings including wine grapes, olive trees, an orchard of fruit trees, chestnut trees, and 200 lavender plants that they produce lavender oil from. Helping the Patterson's achieve their vision is Chris King of Coscha Farming. The vines are sitting at about 800 ft elevation with a North facing slope, which leaves the plants exposed to the coastal fog and maritime winds. The Patterson's chose to bestow the name Robert William Ranch in honor of John's late father Robert William Patterson. A career as an engineer working in the farm lands of Illinois, John's father was responsible for instilling the love of nature to his children and passed on the passion of farming.
Cool climate Syrah. Aromatics of spice, cured meats and bacon fat. On the palate - more spice, blue fruits, violets, fine tannins and mouth coating volume.
This wine is a baby and could benefit from laying down for a year or so, and will age beautifully for the next 10 years.
Robert William Ranch
Brix at harvest: 24.5
Now called Robert Rae Ranch, Organic farming, no certificate
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