Russian River Valley
August 31st, 2015
2015 Samantha's Vineyard Syrah
Samantha’s Syrah boasts cherry, black raspberry and black currants that are beautifully integrated with savory notes of violet, black olive and sage. An elegant body with a touch of acidity makes this a superb food wine.
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 late August. The juice was on the skins for 12 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
Lasagna and tomato-based pasta dishes, Chicken Cacciatore and grilled pork chops with a Bing cherry demi-glace.