the wine...

The stylistic goal of angelica cellars is to produce outstanding wines with honest varietal characteristics that proudly express their place of origin.

Sourcing grapes from the esteemed (and sustainably farmed) White Hawk Vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley in Santa Barbara makes our job easy. The cool climate less than a marathon’s run from the Pacific creates a perfect home for even-ripening grapes with higher natural acidity. The infernally porous sandy soils push the roots of the vineyard to dig down deep for their water and, consequently, pull up incredible minerality and complexity in flavor.

Low yields, a minimal cold-soak, and native fermentation encourage the wine to be what it was meant to be with little intervention.

the 2008   ORDER HERE

The 2008 growing season awarded us with a small yield of ripe and deliciously balanced fruit exhibiting the unfailing vineyard character that we have come to know so well. Harvested on the morning of October 8th, and sorted a few hours later, we were left with enough fruit to fill three barrels of Syrah. 

After native yeast fermentation, the wine rested in French oak barrels (2 of which were neutral and one of which was new) for 21 months until it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.  We held on to the wine for one year before releasing it so that you could see the complexity and just plain ole' deliciousness that takes place with a little bit of patience. We couldn’t be more pleased as we continue our pledge to craft singular, Central Coast wines that exhibit great richness and balance, and recall certain vintages of Northern Rhone appellations.

tasting note
"Once poured, a dark ruby color swirls around the bowl and leaves garnet stained legs delicately gliding down the sides of the glass. The nose evokes aromatics of blackberries, baking chocolate, and violet petals. After some aeration, this Syrah starts boasting tell-tale white peppercorns and thyme; chocolate covered raspberries make an appearance as well. The palate is rich, yet lifted, and the finish is long and smooth. Drink now through 2016. Only 75 cases produced." [epc 12/11]

Rich, youthful, and bold right now, this wine is delicious directly after pulling the cork.  The 2008 Syrah also evolves beautifully  if you allow it to open up in a decanter.  Actually, we recommend that you decant the wine for aeration if you pop the cork anytime before the end of 2013.  This wine will only get better with proper cellaring.  If you prefer more old-world style wines, try to hold off a couple of years for the minerality and earthy qualities to really start to strut their stuff. 

This red is quite versatile as far as bold wines go because of its underlying acidity. Ideal pairings might include steak and game off the grill, braised meats, or even pizza. Stinky cheese and charcuterie are always fun, too.

...bottom line though, make sure to enjoy it with good friends.