Scar of the Sea was kick-started by Mikey Giugni in 2012, with the focus of celebrating the Santa Maria Valley through Pinot and Chardonnay. The wines are inspired by the influence of the Pacific Ocean and how it affects the climate, the soils, and the geology of these coastal vineyards that fall under the spell of fog each day.
Mikey might not physically own his own vines, but he works closely with like-minded growers that practice organic or biodynamic farming as a minimum.
From sandstone soils on South West hillside of the San Luis Obispo Coast, this is a Syrah which could only be made by someone who really loves Syrah. It is therefore unsurprising that winemaker Mikey Giugni is a die-hard fan of this wonderful grape. More than a hint of the Northern Rhône.
vines planted 1999.
97 points Wine Enthusiast, 93 points Wine Advocate
vibrant, peppery, crystalline, crunchy violets, medium bodied, garrigue, blue & purple fruit galore, chewy tannins points towards some cellaring potential. a great example of the new class of cool climate Syrah.
region: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
style: powerful red
farming/cellar: 100% whole cluster, The fruit was fermented with native yeast, The wine was pressed in a wooden basket press and then aged for 10 months in a combination of large format 500L barrels and 225L barrels.
pairing: lamb barbacoa tacos