Samuel Louis Smith 2016 Syrah

Sandstone Terrace
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
94 Points — Wine Enthusiast
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
10 months in oak
Cases Produced

Samuel Louis Smith’s 2016 ‘Sandstone Terrace’ Syrah is a cuvée from Corralitos in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. The name ‘Sandstone Terrace’ refers to the geology that makes the area special - underneath the clay and sandy clay loam soils that characterize much of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains is a bed of weathered sandstone, mudstone and shale. These soils were formed on ancient submarine terraces, and their close proximity to the coast gives the wine its classy, cool-climate Syrah character. Dark purple in color, this Syrah opens with piercing aromas of blueberry, lavender, cinnamon and thyme, followed by full-bodied flavors of purple fruits and potpourri and soft, fine grained tannins. A beautiful wine!

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