Tierra Alta Vineyard is a dramatically steep site that is full of chalky white limestone. It’s because of this soil profile that these wines always carry a strong streak
The wide variation between the tops and bottoms of the slopes contribute to the energy in the wine. Richness and power from lean soils at the top of the hill; juiciness, and freshness from the heavier solids at the bottoms. This dynamism also plays out in the micro-climate of
Tierra Alta is perched at the northern end of Ballard Canyon. The fog pushes and pulls against it almost every day during the growing season - filling up the canyon in the morning and emptying out in the evening. Ballard Canyon is Santa Barbara’s newest AVA, and has carved a niche among the world’s greatest Syrah producing regions. Ballard Canyon Syrahs rest in the middle of the grape’s stylistic range, possessing great weight and rich textures, while maintaining vibrancy and freshness.
Tierra Alta has been the backbone of my Syrah program since my start in 2007. Every year I have refined my approach to the different blocks and clones. I’ve tinkered with various percentages of stem inclusion, harvest ripeness and fermentation regime. I believe my knowledge of this ranch is resulting in stronger and stronger wines every year.
A dark, voluptuous wine with iron, smoke, tobacco, black olives, cedar floral and black cherry notes meld together in the 2013 Tierra Alta Syrah. It is rich and succulent through to the finish. The 2012 boasts terrific depth and density in a meaty, textural style.
$45 / Bottle
100 cases produced