Our cool-climate, estate grown Syrah offers generous aromas of black pepper and savory spice. On the palate, flavors of licorice, olive and boysenberry are complemented by notes of summer savory and pepper. Well integrated and structured tannins are perfectly balanced with by the wine's fresh acidity. The finish has excellent length and complexity.
Grapes for our Syrah are grown on our Catapult and Diamond Pile Estate vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region. Specifically, these vineyards are located in the newest AVA, the Petaluma Gap which takes its name from the cooling afternoon breezes that funnel through the area. The winds drop temperatures and help create a long growing season. Our Syrah thrives in this environment, benefitting from a slow and even ripening that delivers bold, flavorful fruit and balanced acidity.
Grapes were handpicked and arrived at the winery in excellent condition. They were then de-stemmed without being crushed and transferred to our fermentors. The must began to ferment with natural yeast within 48 hours of crushing. The wine was pumped-over two to three times a day to maximize fruit and color extraction. Fermentation was kept at a moderately warm temperature and the must was pressed shortly after the wine went dry. The wine was racked once and then moved on to French oak with a medium toast level for aging.