It's difficult to imagine a winemaking process that is more labor
intensive than the one that we've developed for our Syrah. Whole-cluster fermentation, complete
stem retention, manual punch-down and 45 days or so of skin contact are all practices developed
in France a hundred years ago. Tradition continues to find a home here at Neyers Vineyards. In
the mid-1990's, the Sangiacomo family began to develop this Sonoma Coast appellation
vineyard to our specifications. We wanted to replicate the great Syrah vineyards of the northern
Rhône, with their steep hills, cool climate and rocky soils. We found a 12-acre spot with all of
these characteristics, and planted it to Syrah bud wood from Cornas, Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.
Each component lends its own element of old world charm to the blend. The finished wine has
the textbook loveliness that makes Syrah one of the world's most versatile grapes.
"A strong personality, with firm, rich tarry berry, mineral, sage and underbrush flavors that are tightly wound and slow to unfold, though as they do they reveal greater depth and concentration, offering a promising future. Best from 2010 through 2017. 890 cases made. "