2017 Las Brisas Syrah

         Las Brisas Syrah is named for the persistent breezes emanating from the nearby Pacific Ocean that caress – and sometimes accost – our vines at Evan’s Ranch. These breezes exert a beneficial effect on Syrah, a variety that reaches its apex of quality in cool-climate regions like France’s Northern Rhône Valley and California’s South Central Coast.   

2017 was a generous and concentrated vintage in Sta. Rita Hills. A warm, dry spring and winter led to early bud break, trouble-free vine flowering and grape set, and a consistently sunny, mild summer with little rain and few heat spikes. The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity with exceptionally bright, rich flavors and vibrant acidity. 

Compared to our Lone Oak Syrah, Las Brisas is the earthier, spicier and more powerful of our two Evan’s Ranch Syrahs.  It beautifully captures the savory characteristics of the grape.  In addition to fragrant black raspberry, dark cherry and blackcurrant aromas, Las Brisas offers complex scents of violets, white pepper, black licorice, roasting meat and wild herbs. Its deeply concentrated, dark fruit flavors are framed by sturdy, but supple tannins and a long, rich finish with savory spice and chocolate tones. Enjoy with roasted meats and savory dishes.  Delicious young, Las Brisas Syrah ages beautifully for 5-7 years.


Dan Gainey


Wine Details


100% Evan's Ranch Syrah:

  • 60% Clone 877
  • 40% Clone 99

Harvest Dates:
September 8th - October 13th, 2017

Barrel Aging:
15 months in 100% French oak; 38% new French oak

small open top tanks with daily punchdowns; 14-day maceration

March 6th, 2019


0.66 g/100 ml