Sashi Moorman, Melissa Sorongon & Peter Pastan
PS Syrah 2018
Why this wine
Perfectly encapsulates the style of cool-climate Syrah that winemaker Sashi Moorman pioneered in Santa Barbara County by picking weeks earlier than his neighbors and cultivating vineyards closer to the ocean than anyone thought possible. A forceful argument that Syrah (not Cabernet Sauvignon) is the future.
WHY THIS PRODUCER: We can’t help but think of Sashi Moorman as American wine’s Benjamin Franklin — ever experimenting, iterating, and going against the grain. And his lightning rod is cool-climate Syrah, a style he pioneered in Santa Barbara County by cultivating vineyards closer to the Pacific ocean than anyone thought possible. He also shares Franklin's worldly charms, taking his cues from the Old World, and serving as American wine's unofficial European ambassador. If you’re ever in Santa Barbara, make sure to visit the Saturday farmers' market, where Piedrasassi co-owner/baker Melissa Sorongon sells the winery's signature bread, which she makes from freshly milled heritage grains in a hand-built wood-fired oven.