Lane Tanner French Camp Syrah
The elegance and gentility screams Pinot Noir while the mouth weight and lingering fruit finish whispers Syrah. The sweet juicy blackberry fruit is highlighted in the
palate and the soft black pepper and smoke finish lingers to the next sip. Goes with almost any robust food dish and many light cream sauce dishes.
$30.00 / Bottle $360.00 / Case
Lane Tanner winery was founded in 1984 by the high energy and cheerful Lane Tanner, who was mentored by the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff. Tanner runs what is basically a "one-woman show" with production of about 1,500 cases annually. She strives for a "deft touch of oak" at about 20-30% new French barrels, with lower alcohols and is consistently one of the earlier pickers in Santa Maria with the aim of crafting well-balanced wines. It is interesting to note that the wines are "very low in sulfites" because she is allergic to them.
All of the fruit for this wine comes from the French Camp Vineyards, located in the mid-eastern portion of San Luis Obispo County, California, high up on a plateau. It is owned by the Miller family, the same people who own Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The grapes are the Shiraz clone but made into a much more elegant style than the Aussie wines. The grapes are 100% destemmed and gently crushed into open top fermenters keeping the berries as whole as possible. The
wine spends about 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Only 490 cases produced!