Holus Bolus Syrah – Franc de Pied
This block of Syrah is typically blended with the two other blocks at John Sebastiano to make up the “regular” Holus Bolus Syrah. 2016 was the 7th vintage working with these vines and the third vintage of bottling Franc De Pied. These own-rooted vines always grow smaller, produce a smaller clusters and make what Peter and Amy feel is one of the most unique wines in their cellar. In 2016 they isolated 125 cases of the own-rooted Alban clone of Syrah. The aromas are reminiscent of black olives, rosemary and smoke. Aged for 14 months in 2 and 3 year-old barrels. 14% alcohol.
About the Producer
Peter Hunken got his start in winemaking in 2001 at Stolpman Vineyards and was the Assistant Winemaker there until 2006. In 2003, he partnered with Sashi Moorman to start Piedrasassi (a mash-up of their two names, Peter and Sashi) as well as Holus Bolus, a brand focused on Syrah. During this time he gained experience working with Rhône varieties, as well as Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2004, he met Amy Christine, his future wife, spitting wine over the winery drains in Lompoc. They founded Black Sheep Finds a year later; in 2008, Peter decided to amicably split from Sashi to focus on Holus Bolus, while Piedrasassi went to Moorman. Peter and Amy went on to develop other projects under the umbrella of Black Sheep, with Peter in charge of the winemaking - as well as managing and directly selling the wines in Central and Southern California. 2015 will mark his 15th vintage making wine in Santa Barbara County. In 2013, Amy passed the Master of Wine exam and can now call herself one of 14 women in the US to achieve the title. In addition to the work she does with the Institute of Masters of Wine, she works full-time for Kermit Lynch Imports. In the little spare time she has left, she helps out in the vineyard and cellar.
Farming/vinification practices: Black Sheep Finds works closely with vineyards they purchase grapes from with acre contracts.
- Bien Nacido Vineyard (Holus Bolus blanc) - the 5 acre block of Roussanne is farmed biodynamically. Goats eat the cover crop during the winter, and biodynamic preparations are used. The other parts of the vineyard (it is a very large vineyard) are SIP Certified Sustainable.
- Radian Vineyard (Amy & Peter Made This Pinot Noir) - this vineyard is farmed organically, though it does not yet have a certification.
- John Sebastiano Vineyard (Holus Bolus Syrah “Franc de Pied) - this vineyard is farmed organically, not certified.
- Presqu’ile Vineyard (Holus Bolus Syrah, “Presqu’ile Vineyard”) - this vineyard is SIP Certified sustainable.In 2014, Amy and Peter realized their dream and planted their first “estate” vineyard, 5 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah in western Sta. Rita Hills. The first (small) crop was harvested in 2016. This vineyard is CCOF certified Organic.
All the wines are unfined and vegan.
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