Salaal serves as satiating red blend of Syrah and Grenache from Tolosa’s estate vineyard, Edna Ranch. The 2017 vintage shines in this wine, showcasing an inviting lushness. In a typical vintage, Syrah and Grenache are the last varietals to ripen from the cooler Edna Valley climate, yet in 2017, the Indian Summer made a statement with warmer fall weather to boost the ripening process for both varietals. Due to the nature of the riper vintage, all lots received a cool fermentation to enhance the fruit, freshness and structured profile.
Notes and Pairing Suggestion from Bob Bath, MS:
"Grenache and Syrah are blood brothers that know just how to work together without sacrificing their individual personalities. The Syrah is very present in this wine dark exemplified by the dark earth, smoke and olive characteristics, while the Grenache provides the seductive plummy fruit and full body. One sip of this wine, and you’ll envision yourself sitting on the boulevard in Aix en Provence with the smell of lavender and oregano in the air. The 2017 vintage produced wines with opulent character, and this wine drinks beautifully now and will develop more of that earthy, plummy character over the next five years. This wine should be served at 65 degrees in a wide mouth glass. This Provencal Chicken and Tomato recipe will get you to Provence, at least in spirit."