2021 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah
The Cherry Ridge Vineyard was planted in 1991 in one of the coolest locations of the Green Valley appellation. The fog influence from the Sonoma Coast funnels through the Green Valley ensuring that the cool climate terroir is expressed in the fruit from this south facing vineyard. Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. This vineyard is certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly. It is dry-farmed and historically produces grapes of consistent character.
Like all of our fruit we farm, this fruit was harvested by hand at night. Upon arrival at the winery it was destemmed and crushed. This lot was cold soaked and fermented in T-bins, and punched down twice daily for color and tannin extraction. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to French oak barrels, 50% new, to strike a proper balance of oak influence. The wine aged for 18 months before bottling.
Cherry Ridge is an example of New World nose meets an Old World palate. The nose of cherries and plums mingle with touches of violet, black pepper, and bacon. The palate maintains the fruit notes and bursts with ripe plum and cherry notes. This cooler climate Syrah preserves the acidity to balance the fruit forward palate. Moderate, firm tannins release as the wine opens and will continue to do so with aging. The firm tannins enrich the complexity of this balanced, full-bodied wine, which make this a favorite pairing to barbecue flavors, especially with cuts like brisket, sausage, and ribs.