2005 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah
The Fenaughty Vineyard exemplifies why we believe the Sierra Foothills can produce world class Syrah on those rugged, granite mountains. Many winemakers with far more experience than us have blended Fenaughty with Wylie, another El Dorado Syrah vineyard we are now producing. However in 2005 we believe Fenaughty can (and should) stand alone. Like all of our red wines, we picked into 35 lb lug bins, sorted, de-stemmed and then did an old fashion pigeage a pied (foot stomping) to gently obtain the desired level of crushing. We fermented in 500L open top oak vats, punched down by hand, and both primary and MLF occurred without inoculation. The wine stayed sur lie for 15 months when it was racked and returned to barrel for the final three months of aging until it was bottled unfiltered.
Abundant high-toned aromas of black cherries, earth, white pepper, smoke and a hint of violet. Rugged and robust with fantastic purity, and a long elegant finish, this Syrah offers proof of the varietals long and distinguished history in the Northern Rhone.
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