2015 Home Vineyard Syrah

2015 Home Vineyard Syrah
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Santa Lucia Highlands
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2015 Home Vineyard Syrah


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The Vineyard

The Manzoni Home Vineyard, in the “Heart of the Highlands,” is an ideal spot to grow world-class Syrah. Here the cool Region I climate is heavily influenced by winds off nearby Monterey Bay. The porous, granitic, shaley loam soils recall this noble grape’s Northern Rhone heritage, stressing the vines thus providing low, concentrated yields. The Home Vineyard is planted to two Syrah clones: Estrella and 470.

The Vintage

The 2015 growing season was one of the best and most consistent on record in the Highlands. The moderate rainfall and temperatures through the spring and fall allowed for normal harvest dates and the balanced crop size allowed for full ripening prior to harvest in early October of 2015.


Our Syrah grapes were de-stemmed into open top fermenters where we induced primary fermentation with two specialized yeast strains known for their ability to maintain color and produce intense flavors. After fermentation, the wine was pressed into a combination of new and one year old French oak barrels where it matured for 18 months. 

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Syrah leaps out of the glass with ripe black fruit and berry aromas mingled with hints of smoky oak and vanilla. These complex aromatics are both subtle and powerful showcasing the elegance of the wine. The palette follows with intense flavors of ripe red fruits, hard spices and a core of silky tannin. The finish is exceptionally long with balanced acidity bringing the combinations of fruit, spice and vanilla to a clean and satisfying resolution. The grape yield in this vintage and varietal was perfectly ripe and the resulting wine has concentration, varietal character and exceptional balance. While drinking well upon release, mid-term cellaring will yield even more exceptional experiences. Please enjoy with roasted or braised game meats, heartier cuts of beef and roasted root vegetables.

Product Reviews
Scott Hershey's Gravatar
Scott Hershey
(Jun 5, 2016 at 8:34 AM)
Best Syrah I have had in years . . . Since I was in Australia in the early 90's.

Bonnie's Gravatar
(Dec 7, 2017 at 12:21 PM)
One of the best Syrah's, as well as the 2013

Pat Zimmerman's Gravatar
Pat Zimmerman
(Apr 7, 2018 at 4:14 PM)
This is the best Syrah I have ever had. Unlike the sappy, blown out Syrahs of the hotter climates of Paso Robles or even Napa, the "heart of the Highlands" has produced a Syrah much like the northern Rhone Valley of France. What is especially neat is that you can experience the terroir of the wine first hand by stepping out the door of the tasting room on River Road. The color is a dense deep red. I get an aroma of ripe blackberries and plums as well as a hint of vanilla and oak. The taste is more of the berries and fruit as well as a hint of pepper and clove. The moderate tannins and balanced acidity result in a nice, smooth finish. This is a wine best enjoyed in your recliner in front of the fireplace on a cold, rainy night. It might be the best Syrah you've ever had!

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