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Kitá Syrah 2012
Santa Ynez Valley, California

3:10 to Yuma (1957)
07/20/2016 4:45 PM (ET)

This rich and riveting Syrah is just the thing to sip while watching down-on-hisluck rancher Dan Evans (Van Heflin) muster the courage to help bring the murderous Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) to justice in 3:10 to Yuma. The dark and brooding nature of the wine in your glass recalls Dan’s battles – with Wade’s cronies, the murder victim’s vengeful brother, and his own temptation to accept a large bribe from Wade himself.

THE WINE

In the Chumash tribe’s native language, the word ‘Kitá’ means ‘Our Valley Oak.’ To them, the oak tree is sacred – and just one of several natural gifts from the Santa Ynez Valley, shared with you through their wines. Crafted with grapes from a special vineyard (see below) and aged 18 months in fine oak, Kitá boasts 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 Points from top critic Antonio Galloni who says: “Ample and broad in structure, the 2012 shows the richer side of Syrah … This is a strong showing from Kitá.”

THE VINEYARD

Kitá Wines was founded in 2010 when the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians forayed into viticulture and purchased the Camp 4 Vineyard from Fess Parker. During the stagecoach era, the land contained the fourth stop (‘Camp 4’) on the passage from San Francisco to Yuma. Today, the vineyard spans 1,400 acres in Santa Barbara County and holds 19 varietals. Guided by her Chumash roots, winemaker Tara Gomez prides herself on the use of sustainable farming techniques …

THE WINEMAKER

Despite training at top California estates and throughout Europe, Tara Gomez’s heart remained rooted in her Chumash heritage. Today, she proudly brings her culture into her wines: “Growing wine grapes is truly a partnership with Mother Earth ... It’s not only about taking what we need, but giving back in sustainable ways so that we can preserve the land for the longevity of our future generations.”

THE FOOD

With its hints of herb and peppery edge, Kitá Syrah is a savory match for smoky barbecue. We recommend a juicy bratwurst with grilled Portobello mushrooms. If it’s too chilly to bring out the grill, opt for hearty stews. Beef with red currant glaze or spicy sausage with kale both make delicious pairings. Vegetarians can try chili with black beans, tomatoes and sautéed zucchini.

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