2012 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
Cherry Ridge juts out over the west side of Green Valley just north of the Petaluma Wind Gap. This scenic vineyard enjoys a south facing slope at the top of the ridge, making it a proverbial "warm spot in a cold area". Cherry Ridge is just temperate enough to ripen Syrah (most years--not in 2010 or 2011) in a region best known for the cold-loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Just over three acres are planted, split between clones 470, 383 and 877, for the balance of bright fruit, white pepper spice, and plush tannins that we love. Tasting this decadent, velvety, mouthfilling wine, we’re reminded how much we’ve missed our Cherry Ridge Syrah these past two years. The wine greets with boysenberry and cherry vanilla aromas, the signature white pepper, and hints of grilled meat, cedar, and an exotic Asian spice element. The first sip slowly expands in your mouth, all juicy richness, dark and sweet in the middle and red and bright on the edges. The tannins are big as Syrah should be, but they’re especially fine, and the finish is unusually bright and fresh for the varietal. The big flavors of this wine make a great match for hard salty cheddar cheeses, as well as braised veal or a grilled sirloin. Be sure to put some aside from this wonderful vintage, as the balance of the wine tells of a beautiful future ahead. 501 cases produced.
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