2022 Luli Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands

2022 Luli Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands

The Vintage

The 2022 vintage was dry and early, which resulted in beautifully fragrant and concentrated wines. Rainfall was low as the California drought continued through this year, further stressing the vines. A warmer than average February began to awaken the vines earlier than expected, and late spring brought on a stretch of cooler temperatures that slowed the growth of the vines and proved essential for tannin and color development. A cool August allowed for phenolic development while sugar accumulation remained very slow. Using past vintages as a guide and wanting to harvest before the hotter weather materialized, we made longer passes through the vineyard each night to ensure all blocks were harvested at our desired moments. This approach paid off and the 2022 vintage has higher than average concentration with vibrant aromatics.

The Vinyard

The 2022 Syrah was sourced entirely from various sustainably farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The vines are well-trained, carry low yields and are planted to a variety of different clones. Soils are well-drained and primarily granite in composition. These factors, combined with the fog and cool winds of the Santa Lucia Highlands provide wonderful growing conditions for Pinot Noir.

The Winemaking

The Luli Syrah was made with classic winemaking techniques: Hand-sorting of the fruit, native yeasts for fermentation and production in small lots. The wine was aged in ‘neutral’ French oak barrels and was not fined or filtered. The resulting balanced wine is a tribute to the region’s success with Syrah.

Tasting Notes

The 2022 Luli Syrah asserts itself as a testament to the beauty and intensity that can be attained with Syrah in a cool climate growing region. The inky and opaque hue signals the weight of the wine, and the bouquet displays an intoxicating array of aromas. Blackberry jam, crushed blueberries, cracked pepper and dried herbs express themselves from the glass in a complex array of flavors. A combination of granite soil and whole cluster fermentation reckons and old-world character on the nose and through the structure. Waves of firm, yet velvety tannins on the palate provide texture while a gentle acidity brings freshness and length to the palate.