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Shadow Canyon Cellars Syrah Santa Barbara County 2005

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Shadow Canyon Cellars:
Shadow Canyon is a mountain vineyard located on California's Central Coast planted entirely to syrah. Located in the middle of the East-West corridor known as the Templeton gap, the vineyard lies at a 1,600' elevation approximately 8 miles from the ocean. The corridor allows cool marine air and fog to roll into the vineyard, which experiences daytime highs in the 80's and 90's, with nighttime l... Read more
Shadow Canyon is a mountain vineyard located on California's Central Coast planted entirely to syrah. Located in the middle of the East-West corridor known as the Templeton gap, the vineyard lies at a 1,600' elevation approximately 8 miles from the ocean. The corridor allows cool marine air and fog to roll into the vineyard, which experiences daytime highs in the 80's and 90's, with nighttime lows in the 40's. This large diurnal temperature swing promotes a long growing season and balanced fruit development. OUR VINEYARD Situated close to the ocean at 1,600' elevation, cool fog and ocean air is drawn in from the coast at night and burns off in the morning. This cooling effect provides a longer growing season which lends intensity and character unique to coastal hillside vineyards. Because of its unique microclimate, the York Mountain area has been granted its own AVA. Surrounded by oak forests, Shadow Canyon is one of only a handful of vineyards located in the York Mountain Viticulture area which was established in 1983. Approximately 8 miles from the coast in the middle of the Templeton Gap, the corridor running West to the ocean which has a significant affect on the York Mountain growing region. Warm days yield to cool nights as the fog rolls in from the ocean. Temperature swings from the 80's and 90's during the day to the 40's at night are common. The cool night air slows the vines maturation, allowing for a long growing season. The York mountain terroir is ideally suited to growing Syrah. Five different syrah clones were chosen to add complexity to the finished wines. The clones were matched with rootstock to ensure the highest quality fruit. Fruit is hand pruned and hand harvested. We closely monitor the vines throughout the year, dropping imperfect clusters and only harvesting the healthiest grapes. Typically, yields have been kept down to around 2 tons per acre. Read less

<p>Shadow Canyon is a beautiful 40 acre forested mountain side family-owned in San Luis Obispo, California. The rocky vineyard is planted to 9&frac12; acres of Syrah and 1&frac12; acres of Alban clone Grenache.&nbsp;</p>


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