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2011 Sonoma Coast Syrah

Syrah

Vineyard

One of the original Rhône Rangers, Red Car has been producing Syrah longer than any other varietal. Today, it is at the forefront of the style evolution in California Syrah. Restraint, naturally high acidity, true Northern Rhône Syrah perfume, and silky tannins are important components in Red Car’s 2010 Sonoma Coast Syrah along with native yeast fermentation, moderate stem inclusion and being aged in 500L puncheons for 12 months.

Taste

Blackberry, sandlewood, white pepper

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
Zio Tony, Red Car Estate
Alcohol
12.5%
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Cases Produced
73
Average Brix
21.0º
Acidity
5.49 g/L
Stems
10%
French Oak
29% New, 71% Neutral
pH
3.61
Clones
877, 383, Alban
Barrel Aging
18 Months

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