Planted in our Cedar Creek Ranch Vineyards in 1999, our Syrah is a Noir clone with an oaky, full-bodied profile. The Syrah grape originates from the Northern Rhone region of France and is the most widely cultivated grape in Australia. The Syrah grape variety results in an elegantly structured and almost savory wine. Dark violet, blackberry & lifted raspberry bouquet prevail, often with rosemary and allspice notes. This wine rejuvenates your senses! After the opening sweet notes, rich leather & spicy black pepper emanate. Enjoy sniffing and swirling this wine at our pastoral vineyards or on your porch before indulging in the first sip!
Food Pairings: Our robust 2012 Estate Sryah is the perfect match for bold foods like savory meats and heavy vegetables. Strong foods like barbecues and roasts can elevate the subtle flavors of our 2012 Sirah.
Viticulture and Winemaking:
Variety: Syrah Noir, planted in 1999 in single vineyard blocks, the Flagship red variety originates from the Northern Rhone of France. Noir means “dark”, this traditional grape from Cote Rotie and Hermitage certainly holds true to its name.
History: Syrah is an old vintage grape with its name rumored to have hailed from Syracuse, a city in Sicily once ruled by the ancient Greeks. The Syrah is the genetic offspring of the Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche grape varieties.
Background: The Syrah variety is responsible for some of the darkest full-bodied red wines in the world, due to it being so front-loaded. You’ll notice a difference, however, based on if the wine is produced in the Old or New World style. Old World Sirah retains its high acidity and earthy aroma, while New World Syrah is fruitier with a lot of spice.
Region: Fair Play, El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills
Production: 225 cases
Fermentation: Macerated for 7 days on the skins, the Syrah grapes are gently pressed and set to rest for primary and secondary fermentation in New French Oak barrels. The grapes are barrel-aged for another 16 months and bottle-aged 5 years prior to release. Macerated for 7 days on the skins, the Syrah grapes are gently pressed and set to rest for primary and secondary fermentation in New French Oak barrels. The grapes are barrel-aged for another 16 months and bottle-aged 5 years prior to release. Won Gold at SF Chronicle in a class of over 700 wines where only 3 Golds were awarded.
These vines are trained on a quadrilateral trellis system to reduce the vigor of the canes and concentrate the energy of the plant to the fruit. As a result, this vineyard consistently produces one of the top Syrah’s in all of California year after year. 2012 was a pinnacle season as the grapes ripened to perfection and produced a full-bodied and elegantly structured wine with dark violet, blackberry and elevated raspberry fruit.
Any Cabernet enthusiast will want this wine in their cellar!
Awards: GOLD Medal San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, Double Gold and Best of Class-El Dorado Co Fair, Gold Medal-Amador County Fair, Voted Best Syrah of Sierra Foothills and a “Must Try” by Wine Enthusiast.