Our first foray into one of our favorite Rhône varietals, our 2012 Sonoma Valley Syrah is a single vineyard gem perfect for an evening by the fireplace.
This wine is inspired by a rich tradition of French Syrah winemaking by blending in a touch of Grenache (5%), a method seen in classic Côtes du Rhône blends, and touch of Viognier (5%), a method used in highly collectible Côte-Rôtie wines, to this Syrah (90%). Why would we add a white wine grape to a red wine? The Viognier, which is grown in the same vineyard as the Syrah, is co-fermented with Syrah. It helps create a rounder mouthfeel and creates the intense, deep ruby color, we come to expect from Syrah.
Dark in color and highly aromatic, this wine strikes a balance between intense black cherry and blackberry fruit, cassis and dark chocolate, and the earthy terroir of the region. With its upfront fruit character, sweet oaky notes and firm tannic finish this wine is enjoyable now, but will age for years to come.
Bronze Medal: 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Our 2012 Syrah was harvested from a single vineyard in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Like many of the world’s great Syrah’s, this wine is a field blend - 90% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Viognier.
This wine was aged in 30% French oak barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Our 2012 Syrah pairs perfectly with grilled sausages or barbecue poolside or on a chilly winter night with a hearty dish of lamb stew and game dishes (think: venison steaks or roasted squab). The rustic nature of this wine means that it also pairs well with a wide variety of cheeses including smokey blue, goat Gouda, Portuguese Abbaye de Belloc, a nutty cheddar, or a mushroomy Camembert.
Only 97 cases of this wine was produced. A field blend, the Viognier and Grenache were harvested September 8 and 18, respectively, and the Syrah, on October 22, 2012. It was bottled on April 7, 2016.