2013 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.
The 2013 vintage was another exceptional one for Russian River Valley red wines. The dry spring gave the vines a great jump on the growing season and excellent flowering weather. The summer and fall brought classic Russian River Valley fog and sun patterns with no sustained heat spikes. This gave us a long post veraison season for exceptional phenolic ripening, and tremendous depth of fruit. We harvested our Syrah right after our pinot came in, on October 9. 467 cases produced. 95 points, Wine Enthusiast.
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