Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon
Los Angeles County
Each vintage brings us something new and unexpected, and no vintage can ever be repeated precisely. Such is the beauty and art of winemaking: taking what nature gives you and embracing it, while creating the best possible expression of a given site and varietal. This wine celebrates that notion. This is the finest expression of Syrah that Los Angeles has to offer. This is Contingent.
Powerful aromas of creme de cassis, red and black fruits, crushed granite, and purple flowers, and a hint of tar abound from the lively nose. The palate reveals a deeply concentrated core of black and blue fruits, espresso and blueberry pie, with gripping texture and finely tuned, integrated tannins that draw out an endless finish of fruit-tinged graphite and spice. Decanting recommended.
Contingent features Syrah from our estate-farmed vineyard in Lobo Canyon, a steep rocky site in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountain range. Warm, steady temperatures moderated by afternoon ocean breezes create ideal conditions for Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes for Contingent were all hand-picked, and cold soaked on dry ice for a full 7 days before spontaneous fermentation ensued, which lasted nearly 2 weeks, with punchdowns performed 4 times per day to allow for maximum skin / juice contact. The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 60% new, and aged an additional 8 months in bottle before release. 42 cases produced.
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||Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
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