2009 Syrah, Sonoma Coast
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Our third vintage of this appellation-level Syrah, it's a blend of 57% Shanel Vineyard, 35% Rodgers Creek Vineyard and 8% Cole Creek Vineyard. Shanel being on the eastern, warmer side of Sonoma Mountain, just at the limit of the Sonoma Coast appellation, it provides a richer, fruitier expression of Syrah, while the Rodgers Creek contributes the cool-climate, savory character that to us defines Syrah. This blend combines for a smooth, supple elegant wine which will pair well with grilled sausages, duck breast, roast pork or chicken and any sort of lamb. Co-fermented with 7% Viognier and with 25% whole Syrah clusters, the wine rested sur lies for 24 months in 60% new barrels. Fermentation and malo were both native and the wine was bottled without filtration.