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Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah

Not only is the Kobler Family Vineyard planted in a unique spot, but the unique grapes that brothers Mike and Otto decided on are also what makes this vineyard special. In a sea of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Kobler brothers decided to buck the trend and plant Syrah and Viognier. At the time they planted the vineyard, there were not many Rhone varieties in Sonoma County, let alone this far West. But they had a vision that this site would produce great wines in the vein of the wines of the Northern Rhone. Fifteen years later, the brothers’ intuition proved to be true. We cannot wait to see what the next fifteen years have in store for Kobler Vineyard.

Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah



There is a dichotomy between the nose and the palate of the Kobler. Savage elements erupt from the Syrah, while fruit and high-toned florals blossom from the Viognier co-ferment. The nose has pretty elements of flowers, fruit, and herbs coming from the tepidity in the vineyard. On the other hand, the palate contains the savory aromas. To a first-time taster, Kobler’s dynamic of a seemingly “mismatched” nose and palate may come off as confusing. But this Syrah’s incredible ability to be both suave and brutish is why we love it so much. The wine is high-toned and polished with judicious acidity and full, tongue-coating tannin.


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Origin Grapes

Syrah (~90%), Viognier (~10%)

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

Both the Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah and Viognier are located on a slightly elevated ridge along the eastern border of Green Valley in the Russian River Valley, and their distinguishing climatic influences are cool temperatures, fog, and afternoon breezes.

Vinification Vinification

The Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah is made with native yeast and co-fermentation of Syrah and Viognier. Around 50% whole cluster fermentation is employed to add structure and bring an aromatic lift to the bouquet. About 22 months of élevage with no new oak.

Best Drank By Drink By

5–15 years

Palate Aroma & Palate

Viognier continues to add beautiful stone fruit components – namely, apricot – and a combination of vibrancy on the nose with finesse on the palate. Notes of plum and currants on the nose enhance Kobler’s classic traits of white pepper and salami.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

We’re equally happy opening this wine at a holiday dinner as we are with take-out gyros. It just works on many levels.

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