Epiphany Wine Co
2013 Syrah Cabernet
Santa Barbara County
Year after year, Camp Four Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley has proven to be a remarkable site for growing Rhône and Bordeaux varieties. The site’s warmer climate and clay-loam soil are ideal for producing fully-ripened, mature fruit. Our goal is always to express the nuances of this unique site while respecting the variances of each vintage and maintaining a balance of flavors. In order to do this, we picked at different brix levels throughout the month of October (22.5 – 27.5) and selected a combination of new American oak and both new and used French oak barrels for the wine’s 21 months of aging. We are thrilled with the results, as this Syrah/Cabernet blend has once again turned out to be an exquisite example of the vineyard’s natural potential.
A marvelous opaque ruby color. The wine exhibits a provocative nose of crème de cassis, coconut, dill, blackberry, black cherry, and sage. The aromas follow right into the wine’s delicious core of black fruit, dried herb, scorched earth, and vanilla flavors. A full-bodied mid-palate carries the wine into a long, velvety finish. The wine’s subtly gripping tannins and underlying vein of acidity suggest that this wine will age well for at least 7 – 8 years.
“Lastly, the 2013 Syrah Cabernet (65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet) comes all from the Camp Four Vineyard and spent 21 months in 40% new American oak and 40% in new French oak. It offers serious notes of cassis, lead pencil, tobacco leaf and pepper to go with a full-bodied, ripe, rounded, downright sexy style on the palate. There’s enough tannin here to warrant another year in bottle, and it should have 10-15 years of overall longevity.” ~ 92 points from Wine Advocate
“One of the best wines in this range from Epiphany, the 2013 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon is plump, juicy and forward, but with good underlying support and overall structure. Black cherries, spices, leather and a touch of new America and French oak flesh out in this tasty, super-expressive red.” ~ 91 points from Antonio Galloni's Vinous