The 2018 vintage is a delightful, instantly approachable Syrah/Grenache blend and shows off another facet of Alta Colina Vineyard…
Alta Colina Vineyard is steep! At its peak, we hit almost 1800 feet of altitude and our vines grow on the unwelcoming, stressful, shale hillsides of our Adelaida District property. Over years of farming we found that the portions of our Vineyard furthest down the hills (down the slopes!), consistently grow more fruit because they’re less stressed than the rest of the Vineyard. Top soil has eroded downhill, which provides those vines nutrients and slightly more access to water. We’re able to get closer to two bottles of wine per vine at the bottoms of the hills versus just one bottle of wine per vine everywhere else on the property.
Given all those factors, Downslope is rich, juicy, and the perfect weeknight wine!