2020 Estate SyrahRegular price$6500 $65.00
2020 Estate Syrah
Dovecote’s flagship wine is made to highlight the unique own-rooted Estrella River Syrah that was originally “borrowed” from the famed Chapoutier vineyard in Hermitage, France. Above all, it is what Thompson Vineyard has become renowned for 30 years. Dark, rich, and multidimensional, the 2020 Dovecote Syrah delivers its power with a graceful touch.
- Alcohol 14.7%
- Vintage 2020
- Varietal 100% Syrah
- Vineyard Thompson Vineyard
- Appellation Alisos Canyon
- Vine Age 30 years
- Clone Estrella River
- Rootstock Own
- Soil Sand and flint over limestone
- Farming Sustainable
- Climate Cool I/II
Established in 1990, Thompson Vineyard lies just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and ocean air, extending chilly mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often icy nights.
Planted to primarily Rhone varietals, here the vines sit on their own roots in alluvial sand over a deep foundation of white limestone that once comprised the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Thompson Vineyard naturally produces extremely small, slow, and evenly-ripening yields that often stretch harvests well into late November, resulting in deeply complex cool-climate wines that evolve gracefully with age.
- Aging 18 months in 100% neutral French oak barriques, aged on lees with bi-weekly bâtonnage for six months before racking, bottled in May 2022
- Cases 49
- Peak years 2023-2033
100% destemmed, cold soaked for 8 days, small open top fermentation with native/ambient yeast. One morning punchdown and one evening pumpover.