About This Wine
“The great Syrah areas of California are still being discovered.”
So says Hilarie Clarke Harrison of Harrison-Clarke Wine, who adds: “We believe the future for great Syrah is in the Santa Ynez Valley.” It’s a valley that lies just north of the coastal town of Santa Barbara, with a distinctive east-west mountain range formation that allows morning fog to drift in from the Pacific Ocean.
That fog creates ideal conditions for winegrape growing, and Harrison believes the limestone subsoil, similar to that found in the Rhone region of France, provides a welcoming climate for traditional Rhone varieties such as Syrah and Grenache. The Harrison-Clarke hillside estate is planted to 10 acres of Syrah and 1.5 acres of Grenache.
Harrison-Clarke’s 2008 “Cuvee Charlotte” is a stunning Syrah-based blend, inky purple in hue and boasting amazing concentration and brilliant elegance. It’s a pure, full-bodied, food-friendly wine that rivals the great red wines of the Rhone.
About Red Blend
- Grape Composition:Syrah and Grenache
- Grape Source:Santa Ynez Valley Area of Santa Barbara County
- Aromas & Flavors:Spring Flowers, Crushed Rocks, Blueberry, Blackberry and Barrique
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionroast chicken, or game birds.
A real mouthful that packs in ripe, potent, powerful dark berry, spice, loamy earth and black licorice notes. Firm, chunky and rustic, yet charming, with a long, chewy finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made.