Agenda is a blend of Syrah & Tannat, graced with the bright fruit, and subtle elegance that is quickly becoming the hallmark of the 2017 vintage. The Syrah comes from a hillside vineyard in Mint Canyon, within LA’s Sierra Pelona AVA. With a south facing slope, the vineyard receives ample sun all season long and benefits from cooling breezes that come through the canyon in the evenings. The Tannat comes from another hillside vineyard—Bella Collina in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles—and is a perfect complement to the LA Syrah. All of the fruit was hand-picked and fermented in open-top bins, with punchdowns performed daily. After aging on the lees for 6 months, it was racked and settled back into French oak barrels (45% new) where it stayed for a total of 22 months.
Aromas of black raspberries, candied plums and red currents pop out of the glass, wrapped up in a swirl of tobacco, cocoa, and Agenda’s hallmark boxwood. Fresh red berries and strawberry drizzle dance on the palate, which is plushy and elegant. Soft, silky ripe tannins and generous acidity stretch out the fruit driven finish, as black pepper and spiced rum notes linger.