2008 Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Vintage Notes

The 2008 Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast is a text book Syrah (as well as a fantastic value) that delivers exciting notes of ripe blackberry and raspberry styled fruits, smoked game, loads of minerality, and lifting, complementing floral undertones on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, with a concentration, rich mid-palate, gorgeous purity and finesse, and a classically styled, structured finish, this fantastic Syrah opens up with air and presents a thrilling drinking experience. It should age effortlessly for 10-12 years, if not longer. 93 pts” 

  • Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

Winemaker Notes

Our second vintage of this appellation-level Syrah, it’s a blend of roughly half Rodgers Creek and half from the Shanel 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. Winemaking is the same for both vineyards, with the site providing the wine’s character. 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 5% Viognier and with 25% whole Syrah clusters, the wine rested sur lies for 27 months in 58% new barrels. Fermentation and malo were both native and the wine was bottled without filtration.