2020 Fenaughty Syrah
41-year-old Syrah vines planted at 2800’ in the Sierra Foothills
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We made our first wine from these 41-year-old Syrah vines, planted at 2800’ in 2005. In 2016, we evolved our winemaking for this wine, making a sulphur free wine and calling it our sans soufre GiGi. In 2020, we decided to bottle both versions of this Syrah for our members for a fascinating tasting of the sensory nuances from sulphur addition. Explore the difference yourself and host your own personal wine class with these Syrahs, side-by-side!
We hope you get a chance to taste this wine side-by-side with it’s unsulphured sister, GiGi. We find that the sulphur addition to this wine has made it a bit more robust and what we might say is a “serious” wine, more brooding, something you want to linger on for an hour as you curl up in your reading chair and get lost in our favorite novel. The aromatics are sweet and spicy like Dr. Pepper and candied red fruit with a bit of black pepper and a perfumed nose of roses. It tastes of leather, plum and pepper and reminds you to slow down and appreciate the finer details of life. This will pair well with hearty summer dishes. We’re thinking lamb kebobs with mint pesto or a big juicy homemade burger, hot off the grill.
- Appellation: El Dorado
- Vineyard: Fenaughty
- Varietal: Syrah
- Clone: Heritage
- Age: Grafted in 1980 on 1963 planting
- Elevation: 2800 feet
- Soil: Decomposed granite w/ red clay loam
- Harvested: September 7, 2020
- Pressed: September 22, 2020
- Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria, 25% whole cluster
- Blend: Mostly Syrah, some Viognier
- Maceration: 15 days in Taransaud Cuves
- Barrel aging: 4.5 months
- Bottled: April 30, 2021
- Production: 121 cases
- Release date: Summer 2021
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