foggy picking day 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.

First, the color. The dense core is embraced by a lively, almost magenta hue. The aromatics from the 2012 vintage of Cherry Camp are felt immediately upon pulling the cork. Juicy Bing cherries, seductive hints of spearmint, wafting white pepper and blackened grill bits. The entry has a palate-coating weight and focused fruit purity. With a little air an expansive ride ensues with baked plum and cracked black pepper. The exuberant fruit and grainy tannin profile will deliver drinking pleasure now yet award those who cellar patiently.

released: fall 2014



Richard Prather
Sonoma Coast
Entav 470, 877
Planted in 2002
October 20th


VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
94 points
“The 2012 Syrah Cherry Camp is just as delicious as it was last year from barrel. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, lavender, smoke, tobacco and menthol meld together in a rich, fruit-driven Syrah that is already quite open and expressive. This dense, forward Syrah is ready to go.”— Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
“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.

May/June 2014
92–94 points
“Inky ruby. A wild, intensely scented nose offers blackcurrant and candied violet plus hints of cola and smoked meat. Supple and sweet but with bright acidity energizing its dark fruit, floral and spicecake flavors. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which is firmed by youthful, fine-grained tannins and a jolt of dusty minerality.”— Josh Raynolds

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
(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.


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