Holus Bolus Syrah – Presqu’ile
Presqu’ile Vineyard is planted on an extremely sandy ridge at the southwestern edge of the Santa Maria AVA. The combination of the moderate climate and relatively poor soils creates a Syrah that is lively, spicy and complex. The wine was fermented with native yeasts. 25% whole clusters were used and fermentation lasted for 15 days. The wine was aged in a combination of 2 and 3 year-old French oak barrels for 14 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Aromas of violets and green peppercorns on the nose with fruit flavors of black plum and black cherry. Spicy, peppery and elegant. 13.5% alcohol. 150 cases produced.
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. 2020 marked his 20th 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, in addition to their own vineyard, the Joy Fantastic. Amy and Peter reduced punching downs - previously 3 times a day, now once a day; they are pumping over instead. This is less work, but it still manages the cap and alleviates any volatile acidity (the wine is also blanketed with CO2), while resulting in wines with more elegance. There is less extraction, more finesse, and no bitterness on the finish.
- 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.
Black Sheep Finds
You Tube channel: Holus Bolus Winery and The Joy Fantastic Vineyard