Ex Post Facto Syrah 2016 - 750ml
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
This Syrah from Winemaker Greg Brewer is dynamic and built to last, starting with aromas of crushed peppercorn, tapenade, twigs, ground pepper, tar and elderberry fruit. The palate combines black currant with tart black-plum skin, thyme, bay and peppercorns, ending on flashes of tar and mocha.
Unbeknownst to many, Greg Brewer has been crafting seductive and compelling Syrah for 25 years. It’s not Syrah through a Pinot Noir producer’s perspective; it is Syrah through the lens of experience in distinctive cool-climate Santa Barbara wine country. The release of our third vintage delivers the exacting texture and pleasure you have come to know. Ex Post Facto, translated to mean “After the Fact”, encapsulates Greg’s slightly deviant desire to go outside his Brewer-Clifton paradigm to explore an outside muse.
A new project from Winemaker, Greg Brewer, Ex Post Facto breaks away from Greg’s Burgundian roots at Brewer-Clifton to explore a Rhône style wine from his beloved Santa Barbara County. The origin of the name is from ex post facto law, “a law that makes illegal an act that was legal when committed.” Ex Post Facto encapsulates Greg’s almost deviant desire to go outside his Brewer-Clifton paradigm to explore an outside muse. Greg Brewer has been steadfastly wedded to Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the entirety of his career. He has also worked with Syrah from the area beginning in 1993 and for decades thereafter working in the services of other wineries. Ex Post Facto is an alteration of outcome for this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer.
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