Andrew Jones helps plan and plant vineyards along California’s Central Coast. His exposure to a wide variety of sites and extensive network of winemakers helps him discover undervalued lots that he can turn into excellent wines. Central Coast is an expansive AVA (it runs from south of San Francisco to Santa Barbara), and contains a variety of climates. The grapes from Wonderwall are sourced from three different vineyards: Stolo, a coastal vineyard; Hinterland, further inland in Paso Robles; and Zabala, also inland, located about 75 miles north of Paso Robles. The combination creates a Syrah that is simultaneously “warm-climate” Syrah (Zabala and Hinterland) and “cool-climate” Syrah (Stolo). The result is a wine that holds both elegant aromatics with bold black fruit.
Wonderwall is fermented using native yeasts, which given the fruits’ source from multiple vineyards make a diverse set of yeasts. The wine is matured for 11 months in a blend of new (33%) and old French Oak, imparting baking spices to the wine, in addition to aromas of plums, cured olives, and black currants Complex with great depth of flavor, this Syrah will pair well with food, its strong tannin structure making it a wonderful complement to juicy meats. You could also pair this Syrah with dishes containing black olives; the wines aromas would accentuate the olives’ flavor.