2015 Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Petaluma Gap – Sonoma Coast
The vineyard is set in from the Petaluma Gap on the cooler side of Sonoma Mountain, which provides the savory character that to us defines Syrah. This block was planted to our specifications in 2002 and is positioned 800 feet up the southwest face of the mountain. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.
Harvest: September 25
92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, which we harvest at the same time and co-ferment. We like the inclusion of whole Syrah clusters in the fermentation and so add 25%; 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 25 months in 100% new French barrels. This wine was bottled without filtration in January 2018.