Russian River Valley
September 20, 2016
14 months in neutral French oak
2016 Timbervine Ranch Syrah
MARCH RELEASE TO DROUTHY NEEBORS MEMBERS
Timbervine Syrah shows the wild side of syrah as it opens with beautiful dark fruit and a feral element. Blackberry and boysenberry frame the savory smoked meat elements, which lead to a mix of cedar and pine needles giving the wine layers of intrigue. The balance between the fruit, meat and spice is what makes this wine standout and also cry out for a barbeque.
Located in the cooler, western side of Russian River Valley, this vineyard is high up in the hills and hidden from view by an old growth redwood forest. The vineyard was originally planted in the early 80's on a very steep site, helping the drainage and concentrating the fruit. The vineyard is a beautifully wild and brings forth the wilder side of syrah; dark fruit, meat and pepper.
The vineyard was harvested in late September. The juice was on the skins for 18 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
The wine will reward those with patience to cellar a few bottles for enjoyment between 2020 and 2030.