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2011 Vivio Syrah

Syrah
ELEV. 730 FT. / PACIFIC OCEAN 19 MI.
Bennett Valley

Vineyard

The 2011 Vivio Syrah hails from Sonoma County’s Bennett Valley appellation. While the soils of our more coastal vineyards are dominated by marine sandstone, this area is all about prehistoric volcanoes. With veins of red lava rock in the sub-soil, this vineyard provides a signature volcanic profile and laser beam focus. Located at the eastern edge of the Petaluma wind gap, its climate is nevertheless determined by the cool coastal fogs that blanket the area for hours most days. We have long made a Syrah from this vineyard, most recently as part of Cuvee 22, but this is the first vintage to go it alone under its own moniker.

Taste

Violets, black licorice, currants, iron

Philosophy

Red Car is focused on growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in a network of cold-climate vineyards on the edge of the Pacific in the West Sonoma Coast. We are hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in our region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of our own fruit. For several years now we have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic, biodynamic and permaculture systems into our farming as we search for nature’s ideal pathways. Our wines are made in small lots utilizing minimalist intervention techniques like native yeast fermentation, gravity flow, and natural acid.

Specs

Vineyard
Vivio
Alcohol
13.4%
Appellation
Bennett Valley
Cases Produced
100
Average Brix
22.5º
Acidity
5.2 g/L
Stems
15%
French Oak
40% New, 60% Neutral
pH
3.80
Clones
Alban, RR
Soil Type
Sonoma Volcanics
Barrel Aging
18 Months

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