Made from vines planted in 2008 on a rocky limestone benchland with encroaching oak trees, then seasoned by consecutive years of drought, this wine is a study in harsh terroir—yielding a striking, harmonious outcome. Many GSMs on the central coast are dominated by fruity Grenache, but this rendition leads with dark Syrah on a savory-sweet Mourvèdre foundation. Tart marmalade and crème brûleé aromas precede taut, vibrantly acidic fruit flavors. Shifting gears, the GSM melts into a suave, almost saline finish that firms energetically with tannic structure. This is a wonderful food wine to balance rich meats, sauces and cheeses; it can also be enjoyed for its complexity, all by itself.