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2006 Syrah Santa Barbara County

2006 Syrah Santa Barbara County

The initial boquet of ripe boysenberries and grassy violets encourage this little pup to roll over and play as its flavors transcend into hints of smooth, chocolatey, vanilla and play red fruit notes of bing cherries.  And did we mention it is less than $20? 

3,000 cases produced

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2007 Syrah Camp 4 Vineyard

2007 Syrah Camp 4 Vineyard

True to the Camp 4 Syrah tradition here at Consilience, this vintage is a balanced and complex union of spice and fruit. Smooth, well-integrated tannins and flavors of plum, black cherry and white pepper on the palate lead to a long, luscious finish of cola, black fruits and mocha with hints of smoke. Sumptuous and satisfying, this wine pairs best with heartier fare like grilled lamb chops with olive tapenade butter, Santa Maria style tri-tip, roasted pork with smoky red pepper sauce or just a juicy bacon cheese burger.       

225 cases produced                                             

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2007 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

2007 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

The ’07 Tierra Alta is an earthy, old world style Syrah that emphasizes spice over fruit.  Let it breathe 20 minutes and you’ll be treated to a nose of brown sugar, vanilla, leather and coffee with hints of smoke and olives.  After its extended 45 month barrel aging in neutral French oak, the wine shows multi-layered flavors of spice box, leather, mulberry, coffee and smoke.   Since we’ve done the necessary aging, all you need to do is pull the cork and enjoy.   Pair it with lamb ragout with olives, cider maple pork chops with cherry compote, or Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches.  Or embrace your inner cowboy and pair it with red oak barbecued tri-tip and Santa Maria style beans served under the stars.  Yee-haw!

144 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Rodney Shull Vineyard

2006 Syrah Rodney Shull Vineyard

The Rodney Shull Vineyard’s sandy, well-drained soil stresses grapevines resulting in high quality fruit with concentrated flavors. And yet again, Rodney Shull Vineyard has made us proud with the 2006 vintage, yielding some of the best fruit that we have seen in years. With over three years spent in barrel, this wine developed richly integrated tannins and deep flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, baking spices, and cherry cola. This is an incredible food wine that can stand up to seriously spiced foods. Try it with balsamic glazed baby back ribs, cumin-spiced burgers with harissa mayo, spicy lamb shish kebabs, or Asian-spiced pork shoulder. Give this deep red beauty 30-60 minutes of air and you’ll be treated to a veritable feast for your senses. Are you hungry yet?

209 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Camp 4 Vineyard

2006 Syrah Camp 4 Vineyard

With warm days tempered by fog and afternoon breezes, Camp 4 Vineyard is a prime area for growing Syrah. True to the Camp 4 Syrah tradition here at Consilience, this vintage is balanced, complex and densely flavored. Black fruits, cola, and white pepper on the palate give way to a silky smooth, luxurious finish of cassis, dark chocolate, rich mocha and hints of smoke. Elegant with well integrated tannins, this mouth-filling wine pairs well with lamb chops, Santa Maria style tri-tip or spice-rubbed pork tenderloins.

376 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Great Oaks Vineyard

2006 Syrah Great Oaks Vineyard

Much like the perfect "little black dress" that every woman has in her wardobe that can be glammed up with high heels or dressed down with sandals, our Great Oaks Syrah is an incredibly versitile wine, equally perfect for casual food on the patio with old friends of candlelit gourmet dinners with your significant other.  True to our prior vintages of Great Oaks, this one has rich and deep fruit and spice characteristics.  Blackberry jam blueberry, Bing cherry and pomegranate combine with hints of baking spices and dark chocolate to tantalize your mouth with a long, lucious progression of flavors.  Pair it with honey balsamic glazed lamb chops, filet mignon topped with goat cheese and port cherry reduction, bacon wrapped dates or just a simple bowl of chili topped with cheddar.

170 cases produced

 

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2006 Syrah Estelle Vineyard

2006 Syrah Estelle Vineyard

The Estelle Vineyard is located east of Hwy. 154 in the “gateway” to the Happy Canyon area where grapevines are treated to long, warm sunny days combined with the cooling influence of the Pacific.  The soil at Estelle is very rocky; this stresses the vines in a good way- so that they produce concentrated fruit.  The wine made from these grapes is fruit-forward and intriguing.  With just one sip, you’ll taste layers of jammy, dark berry fruit, all veiled with smoke and spice.  With that combination of tastes, you might guess that this wine pairs beautifully with red meat– and you’d be right!  Open some Estelle with a nice, juicy steak or hamburger – after all, as the old saying goes, “wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized”.   I’ll drink to that!

136 cases produced

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2007 Syrah Hampton Family Vineyard

2007 Syrah Hampton Family Vineyard

This is another very small production wine from the personal vineyard of one of the most well known vineyard managers in the central coast, and you can imagine this might be some well cared for fruit.  We’re lucky to have access to these grapes, and with a production of only 270 cases, they get the attention they deserve throughout the wine making process.  Each grape is carefully plucked from the stem, held up and admired under a setting sun before being gently placed in the hopper…well, not really, but you get the idea.  It’s a Syrah that tends toward the dark fruit flavor spectrum with touches of blackberry and licorice, and nice chocolaty tannins.            
 

194 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Hampton Family Vineyard

2006 Syrah Hampton Family Vineyard

With a career in vineyard management that spans nearly four decades, Dale Hampton knows a thing or two about how to grow top quality grapes.  He brings all that experience to bear at his small, personal vineyard, located in the warm, eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley.  We feel pretty lucky to have access to this outstanding fruit – especially when we drink the wine our very own Brett Escalera made from it!   True to the expressive, signature, Consilience style, this is a powerful, fruit-forward wine with flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, baking spices, white pepper and chocolate.  The long and flavorful finish invites you back for more - but get it while you can because we only made 226 cases!   Pair it with anything you can grill including beef, lamb or portabella mushrooms.  It also plays well with chocolate in all forms - from truffles to molé sauce. 

 

226 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

2006 Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard

Descending into Ballard Canyon when there’s been enough rain and the hills are green, we suspect more than one person has decided right then and there they want to move to the Santa Barbara wine country.  Of course part of the gorgeous panorama is the Tierra Alta vineyard property sloping uphill behind an unassuming wooden sign.  It seems this must be one of the finer rewards for doing good work in life; and so with the wine, the rich blueberry, blackberry and chocolaty flavors reach a level of intensity and satisfaction that you suddenly know why you worked so hard all day.  

69 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Falcone Vineyard

2006 Syrah Falcone Vineyard

A moderately heavy bodied wine with rich cherry and plum flavor, a touch of licorice, and a fairly firm tannin structure up front that evolves rapidly in the glass to a nice supple texture. This is a great food wine that can stand alongside even dishes that have a little kick of their own.

71 cases produced

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2006 Syrah Star Lane Vineyard

2006 Syrah Star Lane Vineyard

Star Lane Vineyard Syrah is a popular wine at Consilience, known for the candied mouth feel, remenicent of chocolate covered cherries.  This is a definite crowd pleaser.

72 cases produced

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