What the Richards Vineyard Syrah has taught us is that, sometimes, the best thing we can do as winemakers is step aside and let terroir do the heavy-lifting. The stress on the vines during the growing season has produced a wine intensely steeped in a sense-of-place. Each sip is a step on a journey, as you turn over each stone in the vineyard, taste the lavender in the air and smell the verdant redwoods that surround this small but majestic vineyard of 2,200 vines. This is the feeling we have as we make and taste this wine, and what we hope you will all feel as you pop open one of these special bottles.Visit Our Store
The Richards Vineyard was planted 17 years ago on a east-facing slope on the backside of Annadel State Park.
For this vintage of the Richards Vineyard Syrah, we used native-yeast, whole-cluster fermentation (between 70–100% depending on vintage) followed by 28 months of élevage with 33% in new oak.
14.8% ABV • 466 cases
The wine opens with a nose of sage, truffle, and a sweet-savory richness reminiscent of foie-gras. It evolves into a world of fine chocolates, then hot fudge, and finally sea-salted chocolate. While it is certainly decadent, its nuances and layers evolve in the glass with every taste.