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Syrah has a long history in the Sierra Foothills.
Mike Owen of Crystal Basin Winery notes: ” We have been producing Syrah from the Sumu-Kaw vineyard since 1992 - 8 years before we were a commercial winery. There is now fruit from other vineyards included in the blend, but this vineyard has been the dominant element. We recently heard from Paul Bush - owner of Madrona Vineyards - that they were considering pulling out the oldest block of Syrah on the Sumu-Kaw vineyard and replacing it with Malbec. We told him that we'd take all the fruit from that block - it would be a true shame to see those vines get torn up."
Why were these Sierra Foothills winemakers attracted to syrah?
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Whatever the reason you like syrah,
there's a special treat on Syrah Day for wine lovers near Sacramento – or those willing to drive there – to enjoy some excellent El Dorado County Syrah at a special tasting on the evening of Feburary 16. And… it’s free.
John MacCready of Sierra Vista Winery, Placerville, will be pouring his Fleur de Montagne(syrah based) /Reserve Syrah, Red Rock Ridge Syrah. “Over the years the Red Rock Ridge Syrah has been compared favorably to some of the best of Cote Rotie by those who have tasted fine Syrah from Cote Rotie,” said John, winemaker and owner. Frankly, Sierra Vista’s Fleur de Montagne is one of my all-time favorite wines, so I am so pleased he is pouring it. It’s a delicious rouge Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend. $29/bottle on the website.
The Red Rock Ridge Syrah is Sierra Vista Winery’s flagship Syrah, and very reminiscent of a Cote Rotie. Winemaker’s Notes on the 2005: “Deep purple in color with a wonderful bouquet of red berry and violets, the ripe, juicy raspberry and cherry flavors marry well with hints of oak and medium tannins. This wine will age nicely over the next 6 to 12 years, “ $32/bottle on the website.