Syrah Sierra Foothills Sumu Kaw
Winemaker musings: Sumu Kaw is an exemplary Syrah vineyard. The elements of elevation (3000 feet), location (in the middle of a pine forest), exposition (ridge-top) and soil composition (deep volcanic loam) come together here in a nearly perfect combination. With thoughtful farming and careful treatment in the cellar, it is possible to “make” a really superlative wine here. The soil, in particular, seems to lend everything grown here amazing aromatics. The Syrah grapes always give meaty and smokey tones, with dark fruit, and our choice to ferment these grapes with 100% whole clusters adds an intriguing herbal note to the wine. These notes are always present - one year may show more of the herby character, like 2010; the next may show intense smoke (like 2011). 220 cases produced.