Presqu’ile 2014 Santa Maria Valley Syrah
A lithe and refreshing syrah, this grows at the Presqu’ile Vineyard on sandy soils close to the coast, where the Murphys planted 6.5 acres of syrah in 2009. The cool site is already producing wines with precise structures, this one focused on crushed green peppercorns (accented by 30 percent whole bunches included in the fermentation). The flavors fatten toward meaty black olives and crunchy pork belly while sleek acidity cinches that richness and amplifies the spice through a long finish. The wine continues to brighten over the course of several days, its beauty clarified with air. Suited to a few years of cellaring, this will match roast lamb with tapenade.review by Joshua Greene
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