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Rick Longoria is a go-to guy for the south Central Coast, for all the right reasons. He’s kept his operation small and personal for a long time; he... Read more
The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas showcase an attractive combination of cherries and vanilla cream with a hint of black pepper in the... Read more
Bright purple core with a ruby rim. Light plum and dark cherry aromas. Chewy tannins on the mid palate leading to a black cherry finish. Mike Suppl... Read more
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Rick Longoria is a go-to guy for the south Central Coast, for all the right reasons. He’s kept his operation small and personal for a long time; he knows the farmers so he gets good fruit from interesting vineyards; and, best of all, he prefers understatement in all things, from how he talks to how much oak he uses. This is the second Clover Creek Vineyard Syrah from Longoria, and I’m recommending the program as much as this particular wine. There are plenty of Syrahs on the market now that are “complex” because of five different clones from four different vineyards on three different rootstocks with six different kinds of barrel aging. That would not be Longoria’s approach. The Clover Creek Vineyard is small, it has two clones in it, and one of them is the bedrock Estrella River clone that Gary Eberle introduced into the Central Coast (and California, for that matter) decades ago. Less than a quarter of the barrels used in the wine were new, so what you taste is pretty much what the farmer grew. You can tell this is a Longoria wine with one sniff: balanced, seamless mixed fruit aromas that aren’t shy but aren’t crawling out of the glass at you either. The wine makes a good brambly Syrah entry with bright acidity in the mix from the beginning, and the ripe berry flavours are like the aromas: mixed black and red, harmonious, and bold without being overbearing. The tannins are truly dry rather than astringent, giving the wine a firm foundation that enhances its length. You might not be impressed with this on its own, but taste it next to half a dozen other Santa Ynez Syrahs at the price and you’ll see what I mean: an immediately pleasing wine with additional interest for thoughtful imbibers.
The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas showcase an attractive combination of cherries and vanilla cream with a hint of black pepper in the background. On the palate the wine has a soft entry with berry flavors, lively acidity and a soft finish. This vintage is the most readily drinkable of all our Clover Creek Syrahs produced to date.
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