Paso Robles, thanks to the greatest extremes between hot days and cool nights of any region in the state, has established its reputation as one of the best places to grow Syrah (as well as Petite Sirah) in California. This wine was made as an "exploratory wine" by a boutique producer testing a relatively new vineyard. The wine was made with natural yeasts and aged 19 months in mostly neutral oak. Two different lots were made, and we chose this one over the other for its combination of intensity and low tannin drinkability. Neither wine was bottled by the producer as he decided to tweak the vineyard management a bit to get to the $35 to $40 price point he was looking for.