From sandstone soils on South West hillside of the San Luis Obispo Coast, this is a Syrah which could only be made by someone who really loves Syrah. It is therefore unsurprising that winemaker Mikey Giugni is a die-hard fan of this wonderful grape. With more than a hint of the Northern Rhône, it balances classic peppery garrigue notes with a twist of blackberry acidity.
The 2020 Syrah Bassi Vineyard comes from vines planted near the coast in 1999 and was made entirely with whole clusters. Medium ruby-purple, it has a nose of fresh blackcurrant fruit with tones of white pepper, garrigue, grilled meats and iron. The medium-bodied palate has a pleasantly chalky texture and juicy acidity, finishing uplifted with peppery accents.
'Mikey Giugni has a way of coaxing so much character from the sites he works with... the wines are done in a style that prizes nuance and understatement.'
- Antonio Galloni
Scar of the Sea was kick-started by Mikey Giugni in 2012, with the focus of celebrating the Santa Maria Valley through Pinot and Chardonnay. The wines are inspired by the influence of the Pacific Ocean and how it affects the climate, the soils, and the geology of these coastal vineyards that fall under the spell of fog each day.
Mikey might not physically own his own vines, but he works closely with like-minded growers that practice organic or biodynamic farming as a minimum. There are some amazing sites in his range, including parcels of fabulous old vines that are very hard to come by in California (thanks to Prohibition). The wines are made with the intention to tell a story of where they come from, the people who farm them, and to reflect each vintage under the California sun. Mikey is a young, dynamic producer that perfectly exemplifies the amazing energy and promise in California today.
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