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2013 Carucci Syrah

2013 Carucci Syrah Duvarita Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills AVA

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Today's Wine Comments:

93 WE | "Excellent Cool-Climate!"

When it comes to Californian Syrah, we’re definitely on the cool-climate train, and the 2013 Carucci Syrah is about as cool-climate as it gets.  The Duvarita Vineyard lies just outside the boundary of the Sta. Rita Hills on the Western edge, placing it in close proximity to the ocean and making it even cooler and windier than any other vineyard in Santa Barbara County’s premier AVA.

  • Additionally, the Duvarita vineyard is an entirely biodynamic affair, with farming taking place on a more holistic and interconnected level with the environment.
  • That’s where the husband and wife winemaking team of Carucci Wines comes in: they’ve always had a knack for discovering incredible and unique vineyards and exemplifying them . . . in the form of an exceptional bottle of wine that showcases their unique character, their subtle perfections and imperfections.  So of course, Duvarita jumped out at them for its singularities.
  • The Estrella clone Syrah that resulted got a 93 from Wine Enthusiast, but more importantly for the Carucci’s, became “a transparent, nuanced and soulful interpretation of [the] site.”
  • The Syrah is not only one of the most unique produced in Santa Barbara County, it’s also distinctly Old World-style, in spite of its cooler climate: instead of receiving warmth from the sun, the grapes got it from the soil itself, which also imparted an underlying minerality that screams Cote du Rhone on the palate.
  • The Carucci’s let Mother Nature wear the pants in this relationship: “the growing season will always dictate the decisions we make in the cellar.”  Turns out that 2013 was the second year of near-ideal growing conditions throughout the state, which only made the Syrah more expressive of the potential that Duvarita has to offer.

The Carucci 2013 Duvarita Vineyard Syrah shows great richness, depth and balance with expressive notes of elderberry, cracked black pepper, and bay leaf, with a touch of oak and lavender rosemary on the finish.

Located between the towns of Buelton and Lompoc in the northwestern part of the county, Sta. Rita Hills lies closer to the equator than any European wine region. The valley’s unique east-west orientation is the key to success with this cool climate variety.

From the winery:


We have a knack for finding exceptional vineyards and showcasing their unique character. Transparency, nuance and soulfulness are captured in every bottle, but no matter how hard we try it is impossible to remove our personalities from the wines.  Each bottle is our interpretation of a specific site. A showcase of all the glorious imperfections a single vineyard has to offer. Each year presents something different, thus we are never dogmatic in our wine making approach. The growing season will always dictate the decisions we make in the cellar

Pair this with a rich tomato based pasta dish or with a lighter red meat dinner. 

Wine Ratings

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"This is a cool-climate expression of Syrah from a biodynamically farmed vineyard west of the Sta. Rita Hills. The nose shows extreme tar, beef char, cracked black pepper and bay leaf, with gamy undertones. The tightly wound palate combines dusty elderberry with charcoal, more pepper and a lavender-rosemary flash on the finish".

-Wine Enthusiast

Central Coast Syrah is Ripe and Ready

Wines from the Paso Robles and Central Coast areas show many different faces. Some of them are big, bold fruit bombs, and others are elegant, terroir-driven stunners. Carucci's Syrah falls into the latter category, with an Old World-esque pallet. It seems to have evolved and gotten even better from September's Enthusiast review, and I was sure to buy up all that there was. It's a wine that will please lovers of either side of the pond. 

Fresh cut cherry-wood and blackberry nose. Earthy tones on the palate, with plum skin, tar, lavender, black pepper and cedar, all accompanying a medium body with bright acidity. The finish shows a tint of blackberry with herbs. This is the last of the vintage, I'm going to grab a couple bottles to cellar and see how it continues to evolve. 93 Points - JZ March '18

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