2014 Fenaughty Syrah
33 year old vines grown at 2600 feet in the granitic soils in the Sierra Foothills at the Fenaughty Vineyard
We headed to the Sierra Foothills in search of Syrah grown on granite in 2003. Our desire was to find a terroir that would lend the wine the wet earth, mineral and blackberry notes found in Northern Rhône Syrah’s we loved. In 2005 we made our first vintage of Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah and have been hooked since. We fell in love with this vineyard for it’s north facing slope, old vines and distinct flavors. This wine illustrates perfectly why nearly half of our production is grown in the Sierra Foothills.
Tasting Note: Tobacco and earth notes intermingled with violets and lavender grab the olfactory immediately. The flavor development is masculine and is rugged like leather, grippy, with bold pepper and mesquite. It finishes with a tangy hit of iron and tannins trickle down the back of your throat.
- Appellation: El Dorado
- Vineyard: Fenaughty
- Varietal: Syrah
- Clone: Heritage
- Age: Planted 1973 & grafted Syrah 1980
- Elevation: 2800 ft.
- Soil: Decomposed granite w/red clay loam
- Harvested: September 11, 2014
- Pressed: September 24, 2014
- Fermentation: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 28% whole cluster, 13 days open top wood vat
- Barrel aging: 22 months in a mix of once used and neutral French oak barrels
- Bottled: July 28, 2016
- Production: 118 cases
- Release date: March 2018
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