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Vince Pedroia 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. Sunny clear skies and extended summers allow this uber–cool site, with the already late ripening Syrah varietal, to show its full colors. Picked mid October, the 2013 Cherry Camp Sonoma Coast Syrah purrs with extended hang time energy. Aged on primary lees for 21 months, sans racking, we bottled the 2013 vintage this past July 2015, unfined and unfiltered. This vintage is dedicated in memory of Vince "The Hat" Pedroia.

The 2013 vintage of Cherry Camp Sonoma Coast Syrah is marked by a deep, dark, ruby core with a blue hue. The color predicts what is to be encountered on both nose and palate. Berries and pie fruit abound with blackberry and raspberry leading. Black cherry and orange rind provide the accompaniment to the primary fruit character. Hints of lavender and peppercorn are subsequently ascertained by nose and palate. Baking cocoa is revealed. Additionally, on the finish, a hint of grilled meat mingles with firm tannin to round out this spring release.

RELEASED: Spring 2016
*Current Release*

 


GROWERS:

Richard Prather
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Occidental
VARIETAL:
Syrah
SELECTION:
383, 877
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2002
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
October 18th– 21st
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 
THE WINE ADVOCATE #221, October 2015
94 points
“I was blown away by the four Syrahs that Eric Sussman is producing. Absolutely stunning was the 2013 Syrah Cherry Camp, which comes from a high ridge in the Freestone Valley. This was a cherry orchard originally, but it’s been redone with vineyards. Kept unracked in oak for 21 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this wine is another Côte-Rôtie-like look-alike, but with much more floral notes, plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, and hints of licorice and Provençal herbs. It is rich, full-bodied, opulent, super-complex and stunning. Drink now-2025.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.

 

 
 
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