Russian River Valley
September 18, 2018
November 14, 2019
2018 Samantha's Vineyard Syrah
This wine exudes currants and berries; black and red currants, black and blue berries in a lovely inviting bouquet. Violet lifts the nose with thyme and vanilla tea spice. There is an underlying bacon note in this wine giving it a nice savory side. On the palate, the wine is very fresh and lively and would pair best with fattier foods, like pork.
This vineyard sits on the northeast side of Russian River Valley bordering the Chalk Hill AVA. The steep terraced-style vineyard is planted to the Alban clone on Spreckels loam with only 60 inches of soil on top of bedrock.
The vineyard was harvested in mid September and fruit was fermented in small half-ton batches to maximize the skin-to-juice ratio, accentuating the characteristics of the vineyard. The juice was on the skins for 20 days during fermentation prior to being pressed off to tank to begin malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked to 100% French oak barrels before aging for 14 months and bottling unfiltered and unfined.
Food Pairing Notes
A perfect pairing for pastas with red sauce, parmesan truffle fries, and a fennel crusted pork loin.