Originally planted to cherries in 1910 by the Pedroia family, this cool–climate Syrah vineyard sits atop a majestic ridge peering into the Freestone Valley. After a string of challenging seasons, weather wise for Cherry Camp, we hit the mark again in 2012. Sunny clear skies an extended glorious Indian summer allowed this uber-cool site, with the already late ripening Syrah varietal, to show its full colors. This is a luscious wine to enjoy now or cellar for many years.
VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
“The 2012 Syrah Cherry Camp possesses the highest degree of tart acids and crispness. Made in a Northern Rhône St.-Joseph style, it is a medium-bodied, elegant, fragrant, stylish Syrah from the Goldridge soils of this vineyard (originally a cherry orchard). About 50% whole clusters were used. Enjoy this cool-climate, French-styled Syrah over the next 5-6 years.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.
STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
(93-95) points *barrel sample*
“Another fabulous wine, the 2012 Syrah Cherry Camp pulses with pure tension and minerality. The Cherry Camp is perhaps a bit less gamy than some of the other Syrahs in the Radio-Coteau range. Instead, it is the marriage of vivid, varietally expressive fruit and structure that yields a racy, energetic Syrah of pure distinction and class.” — Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
(91–93) points *barrel sample*
“From the site of a former cherry orchard, the 2012 Syrah Cherry Camp sees about 20% new French puncheons (500 liters as opposed to the traditional barrel size of 300 liters). Sweet kirsch, black currant, floral and damp earth notes are present in this complex, delicious, round, generously endowed Syrah. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.