Syrah is Copia’s biggest inspiration and obsession in one. It has rapidly become our flagship varietal for its depth and nuance. Santa Barbara’s cool, foggy microclimate showcases the spicy side of the varietal with a mysterious earthiness and a wild animal fat quality – the true hallmarks of a seductive Rhône-style, cool climate Syrah. Energetic ocean breezes feed the steep slopes and valleys of the region, allowing the varietal to ripen steadily. Syrah becomes less “jammy” and more exotically spice-driven.
Inky and full of dark red fruit, The Source has a gradient of gaminess, tobacco and violet-inflected flavor. There are aromas of incense, smoke and white pepper. The texture rivals silk and velvet, with a seriously round mid-palate and extended finish. A powerhouse of a Syrah.
Syrah for this blend was handpicked in October at the peak of flavor ripeness and phenolic maturity. Grapes were sorted with 20% whole cluster integration. Fermented in stainless steel. Extended cold maceration was employed for optimal extraction of color and tannins. Cap management included daily punchdowns, pumpovers and délestage. For 20 months, the wine was brought up in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak barrels. Bottled June 11, 2019.
Food Pairing Notes
Duck confit with haricots verts | Oven-roasted turkey with sage butter | Red wine braised beef shortribs | Memphis dry rub spareribs | Gouda cheese