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Kendric Vineyards Syrah California Shenandoah Valley 2005

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Boysenberry and mocha aromas are first out of the glass. With time, more subtle sage, tarragon and anise aromatics emerge. The palate is smooth and plush with supple tannins. It builds from a cool wet stone entry to a meatier midpalate, picks up blacker tar/licorice elements toward the end and finishes on a lingering custard note. Throughout, the wine carries an undertone of the granite in which it is grown.

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Kendric Vineyards:
Kendric Vineyards is a small vigneron's operation. We make Pinot Noir from our vineyard in Marin and Syrah from my Mom's vineyard the Shenandoah Valley. My name is Stewart Johnson and I handle all aspects of production -- from planting and farming the vineyards, to making the wine, to now pitching it to you. When I say "handle," I don't mean the photo-op level of participation common to the i... Read more
Kendric Vineyards is a small vigneron's operation. We make Pinot Noir from our vineyard in Marin and Syrah from my Mom's vineyard the Shenandoah Valley. My name is Stewart Johnson and I handle all aspects of production -- from planting and farming the vineyards, to making the wine, to now pitching it to you. When I say "handle," I don't mean the photo-op level of participation common to the industry. Every vine and every barrel has my hand prints all over it. Eileen Burke is my wife. She has kept the roof over our heads at home which has allowed me to spend my days in the vineyard and the winery. While running her busy legal practice in San Francisco, she, somehow, found time to have our kids, Lucy and Owen, five years ago. With so much time on her hands, I've suggested that wine marketing might be a fun hobby. Kendric Johnson was my Dad and is the person for whom this enterprise was named. He died in 2001 just as we were getting started. Naming the company after him is meant to both honor his memory and to impose his high personal standards upon the undertaking. So it is really his fault that we didn't release a 2003 vintage that didn't measure up. Kathleen Johnson is my Mom. She and I jointly manage the vineyard on her ranch. Besides providing the grapes for the syrah, she has been a source of both moral and material support throughout the long haul from planting to bringing wine to market. Starry Night Winery has hosted Kendric Vineyards at its facility in Novato since we emerged from the garage in 2003. Beyond renting us space and equipment, they have generously provided guidance that has helped a wine industry novice like myself get started in the business. Read less

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Snooth User: drdebs
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4.00 5
07/27/2008

Extremely good value for the price ofthis under $20 Syrah. Very dark true garnet with a ruby rim. Spicy, spicy aromas with plum and cherry fruit. Macerated plum flavors, with allspice, clove, and nutmeg. Herbal lift of sage and eucalyptus in the midpalate. Long ,silky finish that picks up a stony note. What a wonderful wine. The overall impression is black, rather than blue or red, with richness and acidity kept in lovely balance. Makes you have hope for California wine.


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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Kendric Vineyards owner Stewart Johnson is the poster child for following your passion in life. Johnson's seminal moment was when he was a Hastings law school student, sitting in an office as an intern, and “wishing I was pulling up rocks in my parents’ vineyard.” The Johnson family owns Reward Ranch in the Shenandoah Valley, near Plymouth, and Johnson realized that’s where his heart was, and in 2001, he planted two acres of Syrah on the ranch. The family also farms five acres of Sangiovese which it sells to neighboring Vino Noceto for its reserve Sangiovese bottlings. Shenandoah Valley is ‘mostly Zinfandel country,” says Johnson, with its hot days and nights cooled by the Delta breezes, but he wanted to cultivate Syrah, with a different approach, he says. “I like to pick ahead of other vintners growing Syrah in the region. I am not looking for that heavy, ripe, extracted style. I want liveliness to the fruit.” Kendric Vineyards, named after his late father, Kendric Johnson, who was a dentist, has released its second Syrah bottling, the 2005 Shenandoah Valley Syrah. It is a more than respectable beginning for a young vintner. While the 05 Syrah fruit “is a touch riper than the norm for me,” says Johnson, the wine still has that bounce that Johnson goes after. It has a clean luscious nose, with deep blueberry and dark cherry notes and a hint of spice, which Johnson likens to a subtle Herbes de Provence aspect. There is a bit of charcoal note and a little ash, which is very characteristic of the region defined by iron rich and granite soils. The wine has good structure, finesse and some complexity, a promising start to a new expression of Foothills Syrah.



Boysenberry and mocha aromas are first out of the glass. With time, more subtle sage, tarragon and anise aromatics emerge. The palate is smooth and plush with supple tannins. It builds from a cool wet stone entry to a meatier midpalate, picks up blacker tar/licorice elements toward the end and finishes on a lingering custard note. Throughout, the wine carries an undertone of the granite in which it is grown.

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