2017 Lucero Syrah
2017 was the opposite of 2016, as vintages go. 2016 was difficult, and the vines suffered (and the winemakers did too!) In 2017, while there was a little suffering on account of the heat and drought, the winemaking was definitely easier, especially for the later ripening varieties. Syrah is usually the last thing we pick in the Kingston vineyard; it can struggle to ripen in cool years. Early, warm seasons almost always work to our advantage.
The warm weather shows in the Lucero. It’s a bit bolder and brawnier than the last couple of vintages.