The 2006 vintage was not kind to the Cal Poly Vineyard's Syrah crop. There was very little fruit available on the vines, so the call was made not to pick the crop. After spending some time working in the vineyards, my friend Trevor and I decided the fruit seemed fine and we picked a small portion. After picking, I made the wine at home using a trash can for fermentation and a keg with oak alternatives for maturation. I think this wine turned out great and is a testament to the quality of Cal Poly Vineyard's Syrah.
Winery - The Drifting Winemaker
Location- San Luis Obispo, CA
Wine -2006 Cal Poly Vineyard Syrah
Varietals - Syrah
Appellation -San Luis Obispo
Alcohol - 13.0% by alcohol
Color -Vibrant purple.
Nose/Aroma - Raspberry jam.
Palate/Flavors - Raspberries and boysenberries with a slight hint of mint and oak that finishes rather quickly. Medium body and acid, smooth tannins with littler bitterness or astringency.
Style - Fruit forward, lighter style than most coming out of California. Closer to a Rhone style.
Food Pairing - Great food wine for pairing.
Comments- Not as powerful as the latter vintages, quite a different style. I used this wine as a baseline to expand on for the 2008 vintage, with the goal of making a broader, more complex version.