2012 Thompson Vineyard Syrah | Carucci Wines | Winestyr
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2012 Thompson Vineyard Syrah

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Appellation: Santa Barbara County AVA

By: Carucci Wines

In: San Luis Obispo, CA

750mL / 14.2% ABV

Winestyr Review

This cool weather Syrah from Santa Barbara's 42 acre Thompson Vineyard is a joy to drink. Dark fruit, smoke, and black pepper are accentuated by searing acidity, wonderfully firm tannins, and strong mineral notes. Focused, pure, and beautifully structured, with well-integrated oak, this is wine is exemplary of what we love so much about the new breed of California winemakers. Aged for 24 months in 25% new French Oak. Only 75 cases produced.

What We Love

  • Focused, pure, and beautifully structured
  • Only 75 cases produced

This is a great wine for any wine drinker interested in exploring the cutting edge of cool weather California Syrah.


When I first started following Carucci Wines, I knew the name rang a bell, but it took a few years to piece together that Eric and I had hung out during a post-college weekend of partying during St. Patrick's day weekend in Chicago due to having a friend in common where I attended college at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Long forgotten first impressions aside, Eric is making some killer, single vineyard California interpretations of Rhone varieties. I can't speak highly enough of his wines and am excited to see what the future holds for Carucci.


Eric Carucci has a knack for finding exceptional vineyards and showcasing their unique character. Transparency, nuance and soulfulness are captured in every bottle, but he admits that it is impossible to remove his personality from the wines. Each bottle is an interpretation of a specific site, a showcase of all the glorious imperfections a single vineyard has to offer. The small-lot Rhone varietals Carucci Wines produces are driven by terroir and highlighted by impeccable structure.

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