Camins 2 Dreams Syrah Spear Vineyards 2019
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Press 2 • March 2023 Direct Press Selection
This is a story of two incredibly accomplished wine pros coming together in all aspects of life. Mireia Taribó earned her Masters in Enology while making wine at an artisanal winery in Catalunya. Around the same time, Tara Gomez, a member of the Chumash tribe, was also earning an Enology degree at Fresno State, and working at a couple of large wineries while starting her own artisanal project. In 2008, Tara put her projects on hold to travel and gain experience abroad, and during that time she worked two harvests at Castell d’Encus, the same winery where Mireia was the winemaker. Tara made a return to California in 2010, and started a successful winery in partnership with her Chumash Tribe called Kitá Wines, and in 2017 the wife/wife team finally joined forces and began their own label, Camins 2 Dreams, sourcing fruit from very specific sites in the Santa Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County.
There is a lot of detail to their Spear Vineyard Syrah. The wine fermented naturally with 20% whole clusters and was aged for seven months in neutral casks. The result is highly aromatic and pure: boysenberry, lavender, sarsaparilla and mushroom were my notes. Tannins are open-knit and a vibrant streak of acidity in echoes the vineyards cool terroir and lifts this wine's richness. There is some Northern Rhone seriousness but with an added lift that comes from these ocean-influenced vines. You can tell there's a very high taste level, love and care here. Tara and Mireia told us they hope to "see and promote change from conventional farming to regenerative farming so we can preserve the land for future generations. Also, that more people care for and show more respect for the land, the food, and the workers." Enough said. Bruno Sant'Anna