2016 Syrah

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2016 Syrah
2016 Syrah

This 100% Syrah is an exciting representation of Rhone wines grown in Paso Robles. Spice, fruit, and smokiness make this wine varietally characteristic and noteworthy.

Black currants, smoked apple wood, saffron.

Tasting notes

Our Syrah opens with black currants, charred apple wood, and saffron. The palate finishes with ripe blackberries, black cherries, and hints of bitter-sweet fruit. This wine’s intense flavors and supple tannins pair naturally with rich meats such as rosemary garlic rack of lamb, roasted duck with grilled vegetables or a hearty beef stew.

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardPomar Junction Vineyard
Acid6.1 g/L TA
Aging19 Months 25% New Oak
Residual Sugar0.31
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date04/30/2018
Cases Produced368

This is an excellent example of a high quality Syrah. Influenced by the Templeton Gap, the El Pomar District’s warm days transition to mild evenings and cool nights resulting from the afternoon sea breezes. This unique climate paired with our calcareous soils provides ideal growing conditions for this Rhone varietal. 

Jim Shumate, Winemaker
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July, 2011.
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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