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2019 The Pursuit | Slide Hill Vineyard

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Slide Hill Vineyard is less than five miles from the Pacific ocean and rests just above sea level at the southern end of the Edna Valley appellation. Coastal breezes sweep through this picturesque site every day. Demeter biodynamic certified since 2009, the soil and fruit enjoy natural and minimal handling. The results speak for themselves. This syrah is super lush with a vibrancy that begs to be noticed. 


Tasting Notes

Dense and rich, the Slide Hill Syrah brings textural muscle to the party. Dark black and blue fruits emerge alongside dried herbs. Violets and black pepper interplay with leather and roasted coffee. There is an intensity here that proves age-worthy, as with all The Pursuit wines. It's full-bodied, has a good grip and showcases a complexity that will only multiply with time. 


Manual cluster and berry sorting. 100% destemmed. Cold pre-fermentation maceration. Fermented in stainless steel. Cap managed with punch down, pumpover and pneumatage. Lees stirring in barrel. Aged 20 months in 67% new French oak. 
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah I Clone Estrella 
VINEYARD: Slide Hill I Block 2 
COUNTY: San Luis Obispo 
TERROIR: Sand, limestone, chalk, marine loam 
HARVEST: Hand harvested in October 2019 


96 pts, Jeb Dunnuck | Lastly, the 2019 The Pursuit Slide Hill Vineyard (100% Syrah aged in 67% new barrels) comes from a great site in the Edna Valley, and it's another cool climate-like beauty offering fresh black fruits, smoked game, ground pepper, and sappy herb-like aromas and flavors. Rich, concentrated, and medium to full-bodied, it’s seriously good and well worth seeking out. I can’t imagine it not evolving gracefully for at least a decade.

95 pts, Wine Enthusiast
Wine Specs
Edna Valley
Vineyard Designation
Slide Hill Vineyard
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