Cedarville Vineyard Syrah El Dorado 2004

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When we have the opportunity to taste our previous vintages of Syrah side by side, we’re always pleased with the unique character of our vineyard that shows through in every vintage. They all taste like they come from the same place, which is the magic of working exclusively with our own vineyard. Of course, every growing season is different, which accounts for much of the difference in flavor in each vintage. In 2004, dramatically low yields (less than 2 tons per acre) combined with the ripeness of the vintage to help us craft a very rich and thick Syrah. Compared to prior vintages, it could be called a little more “Californian” in character and rather decadent. Vineyard: Estate Vineyard, south facing slop near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation. 15.4 % alcohol Cases Produced: 371 Tasting Note: Our 2004 Syrah has the classic Cedarville Vineyard Syrah aromatics of earth, cedar and blackberries, along with a hint of graphite, chocolate and blackberry flavors, chalky tannins, balancing acids, and a very long finish. We co-fermented with a little higher percentage of Viognier than in 2003, which beautifully complements the intensity of the Syrah. As usual, it is the most complex and layered of our wines, and a wonderful wine with food. If you can manage to cellar some bottles, we suspect it will age gracefully, as have our previous vintages.

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The incredible combination of quality vineyard potential, Gold Rush-era history, a thriving community of small wineries, and abundant natural beauty convinced us to settle here in Fair Play. We have been frequent visitors to the Sierra Foothills since our college days. Based upon the success of other Foothill wineries and the attractiveness of the Fair Play area, in 1993 we decided to take a c... Read more
The incredible combination of quality vineyard potential, Gold Rush-era history, a thriving community of small wineries, and abundant natural beauty convinced us to settle here in Fair Play. We have been frequent visitors to the Sierra Foothills since our college days. Based upon the success of other Foothill wineries and the attractiveness of the Fair Play area, in 1993 we decided to take a closer look to find a property to develop into our vineyard. After several years of searching, we found the perfectly situated 20 acre property located 1/2 mile up a dirt road from Fair Play Road, which would become Cedarville Vineyard. The panoramic views from the top of our vineyard spread from Mount St. Helena to the west to Pyramid Peak in the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada to the east. Read less

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Snooth User: brent5
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09/11/2008

Four glasses



When we have the opportunity to taste our previous vintages of Syrah side by side, we’re always pleased with the unique character of our vineyard that shows through in every vintage. They all taste like they come from the same place, which is the magic of working exclusively with our own vineyard. Of course, every growing season is different, which accounts for much of the difference in flavor in each vintage. In 2004, dramatically low yields (less than 2 tons per acre) combined with the ripeness of the vintage to help us craft a very rich and thick Syrah. Compared to prior vintages, it could be called a little more “Californian” in character and rather decadent. Vineyard: Estate Vineyard, south facing slop near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation. 15.4 % alcohol Cases Produced: 371 Tasting Note: Our 2004 Syrah has the classic Cedarville Vineyard Syrah aromatics of earth, cedar and blackberries, along with a hint of graphite, chocolate and blackberry flavors, chalky tannins, balancing acids, and a very long finish. We co-fermented with a little higher percentage of Viognier than in 2003, which beautifully complements the intensity of the Syrah. As usual, it is the most complex and layered of our wines, and a wonderful wine with food. If you can manage to cellar some bottles, we suspect it will age gracefully, as have our previous vintages.

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