2016 Cavern Select Syrah
The 2016 Cavern Select Syrah has notes of blackberry preserves, fresh pastry, and sweet tobacco on the nose. Flavors of camphor, cardamom, and cured meats on the round mid-palate. A balanced acidity, with dusty fine grained tannins on the finish.
42% from the Adelaida District, 36% from the Creston District, 22% from the Santa Margarita Ranch District of the Paso Robles AVA.
The Syrah was brought in, fermented, pressed, and underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. It was aged in 100% French Oak barrels, 50% new French Oak barrels, the rest in neutral French Oak.
The 2016 vintage began with below average rainfall as the Paso Robles area continues to be effected by drought. The dry start was followed by above average warm temperatures that lasted through June, at which point temperatures became more moderate. The early warm weather accelerated fruit development and allowed for an improved fruit set compared to the 2015 vintage. While harvest came early to many in Paso Robles, the mild temperatures extended our growing season improving overall grape quality. Temperatures remained seasonal until above average rainfall in late October concluded our harvest. Overall, we experienced a busy harvest season with prime conditions for ripening. The 2016 vintage has excellent depth of color and wonderful flavor maturity.