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Syrah
‘Sasha,’ 2009

The more feminine of our two regional Syrah bottlings, we have chosen to call this ‘Sasha.’ It expresses more of the blueberry/white pepper side of the grape and can be served with foods that suit a larger-framed Pinot Noir. This variety also has a tendency to age well beyond one’s expectations based upon sheer size.

Winemaker’s Notes

My love of cooler climate Syrah is no secret. I have focused on a couple of sites in the western Sonoma County (most significantly, Calypso) to work with on an ongoing basis. Knowing that some vintages we may receive serious winter storm system before perfect textural ripeness in these vineyards – in 2009 I hedged my bets by contracting for small bit of earlier ripening Russian River Valley Syrah nearby. This turned out to be the perfect year to do this as we received significant rain systems interrupting what would have been ‘perfect’ conditions for stand-alone wines from the colder sites. Having a little bit of more generous material made the difference and gave us exactly what we needed to complete this gorgeous package. Blue fruits, white pepper, some wild game notes, tempting high-toned perfumes are the giveaway cool climate Syrah notes. As a baby wine, the mouth is still very firm and only vaguely yielding. Having been so recently bottled, this wine can use an hour or two decanting to really open up. A partial bottle saved for the second day to finish will reward you. This is where regional blends’ strength is in their resilience and giving the winemaker some attractive options to dial in quality. I think this is one of the strengths of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. It reflects a small neighborhood, year in and year out.

Wine Specs

Weight 46.75 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 x 3.25 x 3.25 in
Sizes Bottled

Vintage

AVA

Cases produced

190

Release Date

Reviews

  1. California GrapevineNick Ponomareff, May 2013

    Medium-dark ruby color; attractive, forward, intense, spicy, peppery, blackberry fruit aroma that showed depth and some complexity; full body; big, rich, intense, blackberry fruit flavors with herbal notes and hints of peppercorn, tar and sweet oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Opened and developed with airing in the glass. Very highly recommended. 90 points.

  2. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds, May 2013

    Bright purple. Pungent dark berries, olive and licorice on the fragrant nose. Lush blackberry and cassis flavors pick up suggestions of candied violet and Indian spies with air, along with a note of creaked pepper.Youthfully taut and chewy on the finish, which features velvety tannins and a dark berry nuance.91 points.