Malibu Coast Syrah, 2016

Produced by AJA Vineyards

The 2016 vintage is AJA's most unique Syrah yet: consisting of 16% Bordeaux varieties and with 18 months on neutral oak, this wine provides a bouquet of different aromas. Blackberry and candy cherry accompany classic Syrah savory notes of black pepper.

Icons/location pin Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California
Icons/wine/red Syrah
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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Grilled Shellfish, Shrimp Ceviche, Guacamole, Fresh Shellfish, Citrus Salad

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Tasting Notes

Blackberry, Boysenberry, Black Pepper, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Candy Cherry, Mocha, Bitter Almond

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Other

Most vintages of the AJA Syrah are single-varietal, but this one contains a field blend of several Bordeaux varietals.

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Interesting Winemaking Technique

The grapes for this wine were macerated for 2-3 weeks before press.

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Barrel-aged

We aged this wine for 21 months in neutral oak.

Malibu Coast, Los Angeles, California

AJA Vineyards

We make pristine wines from the hillsides of our Malibu Estate. We are a family business through-and-through, run by myself (Amanda), my father (Todd), my mother (Heather), and my brothers (Alec and Jack).

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What's in the bottle
Syrah (84%)
Malbec ()
Merlot ()
Petit Verdot ()
ABV: 14.6%
Harvest
Syrah (Estrella) from Pamela's Vineyard, Malibu Coast (84%). Harvested on 2016-10-10 .
Malbec from Miracle Vineyard, Malibu Coast ().
Merlot from Miracle Vineyard, Malibu Coast ().
Petit Verdot from Miracle Vineyard, Malibu Coast ().
Press: Maceration for 2-3 weeks
Winemaking
Malolactic fermentation: 100%
Aging
Neutral Oak, 18 months

Recommendations

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Noelle Harman Tastemaker

"A bit lighter bodied than your average Syrah - which is perfect for warmer weather and BBQs.  Herbal & spicy notes add complexity to the ripe red fruit flavors."

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