Charles River Wine Company

Groundwork Syrah

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Groundwork was launched by Rhône specialist Curt Schalchlin, who also founded Sans Liege, which focuses on Rhône-style blends made from fruit throughout the Central Coast. The goal for Groundwork is varietal wines that are approachable, transparent and seamless. The 2018 Groundwork Santa Barbara County Syrah is among our favorite Syrahs tasted this year. Syrahshould be unabashedly peppery, dark hued, and a little tannic. This is as honest and balanced an expression of Syrah as you’ll find. Curt hasn’t polished away all of the character of the variety with additions in the cellar, nor has he taken his hands off the wheel. The fruit comes from two vineyards—the White Hawk Vineyard in Cat Canyon, a sandy site just 20 miles from the Pacific, and the Old Potrero Vineyard in Arroyo Grande, a dry-farmed plot with a soil profile full of fossilized sea shells. It’s aged in neutral French oak that lends a great texture to the wine and helps soften the tannin structure just a touch. If you like the wine now, buy a couple of extra bottles to lay down for a few years. Despite the modest price point, this is a Syrah that will age gracefully.