Sonoma Coast, California
We love Syrah, and we have a particular soft spot for Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. While many consider the area to be marginal for proper ripening of the varietal (and, indeed, we are often picking well into November), the cool days and downright cold nights of the far coast create wines of tight focus and tense balance. We feel that the distinct aromatics and classic characteristics of these Syrahs are more than worth a bit of late picking.
The nose on the 2016 expresses straightforward and profound cherry, cassis and blueberry with hints of sage and violet. There is an supreme elegance to this wines fleshy, dark berry and floral, pastille flavors. It is a supple and fresh Syrah, with gentle tannins adding support and shape to the long, smoky, appealingly sweet finish. Once again, this wine is a stunning value. Ready to drink now and until 2022. -Winemaker's Notes