This is the first of the Estate Syrah wines, following my lease of the property in 2012. Estate grapes allow extra degrees of freedom that are sometimes vitally important for great wines. The added value of selling wine rather than grapes means that the really hard decisions that impact quality can be done without negatively effecting the bottom line. These practices include reducing crop to maximize wine intensity, reducing irrigation to get smaller berries (less weight but more intensity), and removing any green bunches when most are purple as they fail to catch up in maturity. I’ve picked each area of the vineyard and kept it separate until blending in the following spring to make the best Estate Syrah. The style is richness without heaviness, oak a minor note; a wine made without compromise and a true expression of Syrah in the Sonoma Valley. I just love making wine in this area of the valley. We use no pesticides, have afternoon winds that mean little disease pressure and it is a fantastic place for Syrah (and Zinfandel). Plus it is beautiful!
Because each area of the vineyard is picked on different days, I’ve sometimes done the job with staff or family rather than ask pros to drive in to pick for just a few hours which can irritate them. It all adds to how much care and attention goes into the wine! This is a wine to age for 10 years, or to enjoy now with a wide array of foods.