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Skylark Rodgers Creek Syrah 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

Rodgers Creek Vineyard is planted on an elevated ridge in the Petaluma Gap area of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Planted to a Rhone clone on volcanic rock, this sloping hillside vineyard offers arresting views of the Sonoma coast to the west and San Pablo Bay and even San Francisco to the south. This is cool climate grape-growing at its finest, with coastal winds and fog tempering the sunny California climate. The clonal selection is perfect for this microclimate, offering a unique combination of Old World aromatics and California fruit profile. We use whole clusters in the fermentation here, as is done in the Rhone Valley, to emphasize the specific character of this vineyard. The result is highly perfumed, aromatic and complex Syrah with loads of personality.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard boasts gorgeous inner perfume, partly from the inclusion of 30% whole clusters. Smoke, exotic spices, incense, tobacco and cured meats wrap around the cool, beautifully articulated finish. This is a Syrah of notable pedigree and pure class.
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Skylark, Sonoma County, California
Skylark Wine Company is a collaboration between Boulevard Restaurant Wine Directors John Lancaster and Robert Perkins. John and Robert have run the wine program at the acclaimed Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco for the past twelve years. During their tenure at Boulevard, they have built a close friendship, an inventory of wines from around the globe and a palate of tasting wines of the world from vintage to vintage.

This partnership has created long-term relationships with the entire scope of the wine industry, with winemakers, vineyard managers and owners. With these relationships, their next logical progression was the realization of a dream: making fine wine from select vineyards. While the original plan was simply a barrel, they quickly jumped in with 14 barrels of Syrah from the 2002 Harvest. Skylark Wine Company was formed.

"We strive to produce wines that crystallize our passion within each bottle. Because of our relationships with meticulous and respected grape growers, we have been able to produce wines of distinction and character that represent the best of what Northern California vineyards have to offer. We are proud of Skylark and hope to continue share these wines with family and friends, old and new." Thank you for your support.
John Lancaster and Robert Perkins

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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