The Language of Yes, Syrah "En Passerillage" 2020, Rancho Real Vineyard, Santa Maria, Central Coast, CA
This gorgeous Old World-Style red is reminiscent of Northern Rhône as a bit of Viognier adds floral notes to the peppery, dark fruit and black olive notes of the Syrah, with lively acidity, bright pepperiness, and licorice finish on the palate.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Santa Maria Valley
REGION: Central Coast
SUBREGION: Santa Barbara County
VINEYARD: Rancho Réal Vineyard
GRAPES: 87% Syrah 13% Viognier
SOIL: Sandy loam
VINIFICATION: Grapes air-dried in the shade, 50% whole cluster, co-fermented with Viognier, 21 days combination of punch-down & pump-over, aged in 5 year barriques,
COLOR: Deep purple
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Charred meat, tar, violet, purple fruit, black olive, white flowers
FLAVOR: Black pepper, balsam, açai, lively acidity
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: We suggest allowing this wine to open up a bit before enjoying with dishes such as lamb, Indian tandoori, or Asian five-spice.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
From Cigars (Flying) to the Rhône Ranger to Popelouchum, Randall Grahm has a long history of reimagining the traditions of France in a distinctly personal way.
The Language of Yes (a distinctly odd name) is Randall’s next chapter. A continued exploration of the central California Coast through small-batch vinous experiments, light touches and a deep love of the land.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
A vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. The vineyard with 436-acre property sits 13 miles southeast of the town of Santa Maria and tailored specifically to its topography and soil types producing Burgundian and Rhone grape varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gamay, bringing the combined planted acreage to 211.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
Odd name for a wine, what? “The Language of Yes” or La Langue d'Oc is the term that medieval folk of southern France and adjacent environs used to describe who they were by how they spoke (differentiating themselves from “La langue d’oil” spoken by their northern neighbors - a oui bit of parochialism, non?) The Language of Yes,” a precursor of modern Provençal, is a window to a particular sensibility - the language of the love poetry of the troubadours - one that esteemed passion and romance above cerebration and most significantly, expressed a deep, almost mystical love of the land.