2012 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
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“…It’s still young and offers a sensational perfume of currants, smoked meats, olives, spices, and crushed flowers. It’s a full-bodied, rounded, voluptuous beauty that has no hard edges, a flamboyant, sexy personality, and a great finish. Count me as a fan. It will continue drinking beautifully for another decade or more. 97 pts” – Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018
The 2012 growing season was close to ideal with temperate and steady temperatures that produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening.
We like the inclusion of whole Syrah clusters in the fermentation and so add 25-30%; this seems to heighten the “Syrahness.” Other aspects of fermentation and élevage are the same as with all of our winemaking—native yeast and malolactic fermentations.
This vintage aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and rested 27 months in 100% new French barrels. Non-filtered.
Our Syrahs are grown in the cool climate of Sonoma Coast which offers a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage and Cornas: aromas and flavors of smoked meat, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit.