As lovers of the wines of the Northern Rhone, our Pride Mountain Vineyards winemaking team, composed of Steve Pride, Associate Winemaker Romel Rivera, Enologist Margaux Lacoste and myself, strives to enhance the complex floral, spicy and meaty flavors that are typical of this variety at its most distinctive. The 2015 displays complex flavors of blueberry compote, anise seed, rubbed sage, verbena, mint, grapefruit and subtle smoke. The texture is round and luscious with a lengthy finish. The wine team is unanimous in ranking the 2015 as one of our best Syrahs ever.

Farmed with an emphasis on ultra-low yields, our three blocks of syrah are micro-monitored during the pre-harvest period when flavors can change quickly for this grape variety. Cofermented with 3% viognier grapes both in stainless steel and in some open-top, whole-cluster vessels, our syrah is then aged for 15 months in completely neutral oak barrels (used at least twice previously). To enhance complexity, the syrah is only racked twice during the aging period and is always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Appellation: 72% Sonoma
28% Napa
Vintage: 2015
Harvest: October 2015
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: 100% Neutral Oak
Blend: 97% Syrah
3% Viognier
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: February 2017
Production: 958 cases
Release Date: April 2017
Price: $62.00