Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
Vintage production: 119 cases
#5 in Jeb Dunnuck’s Top 100 Wines of 2023: CALIFORNIA’S BEST SYRAH OF THE YEAR!
The Upslope Syrah represents the crème de la crème at Jaffurs – a cellar selection of the very best single-vineyard ‘reserve’ barrels. For the 2020, the prized Bien Nacido and Larner Vineyards make up the blend: sources for some legendary Sine Qua Non wines, as well as contemporary benchmark producers like Fingers Crossed and Andremily Wines.
Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a New World independence. Founder Craig Jaffurs produced his first professional wines during the 1994 harvest. Current owners Dan and Janelle Green purchased Jaffurs in 2016, and continue the tradition of family wine-making started by the Jaffurs family over two decades ago, with Craig remaining on their Advisory Board.
All the wines are carefully made in small lots, with approximately 5,000 cases are produced each year. Craig and his team work closely with top growers in the Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos, and Santa Maria regions.