Mariah Syrah Mendocino Ridge 2009

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About This Wine: Syrah done right-earthy, wild and seductive. Perched precariously at 2,600 feet, the same can be said for Mariah Vineyard. It’s a virtual island in the sky. Farming is tough on Mendocino Ridge, but the Pacific air and bold determination of this local grower combine to produce some of the best Syrah we’ve tasted.<br/><br/> The perfect complement to food and friends.<br/><br/> We've been lucky to find a determined grower (some would say he's crazy!) who shares our vision. He's a small farmer growing grapes off the grid at 2,600 feet on Mendocino Ridge (go to Boonville, take a left and drive until it looks like you will fall off a cliff). Our first vintage is 332 cases of 2009 Mariah Vineyard Syrah.<br/><br/> <strong>Tasting Notes:</strong> Huckleberry, Blackberry Cobbler, Salted Caramel, Salt crusted meat, like a rib of beef (definitely sea salt)!, Black coffee, or even affogato, Perhaps a hint of rosemary, sage, anise<br/><br/> About The Winery: At Aldrich Browne, we don’t just taste wine - we drink wine.<br/><br/> And, that’s exactly what we were doing one sunny Sunday afternoon in Healdsburg, California.<br/><br/> As friends who had worked together to create some of the world’s best known brands, we decided it was time to build something small. Yes, something small.<br/><br/> We applaud handmade. We admire craftsmanship. We like real food and the people who prepare it. We absolutely adore the people who grow it. We’re captivated by old days and old ways.<br/><br/> Taking a hands-on approach, we’ve learned from the first pioneering winemakers and our grandmothers in the kitchen. We’re inspired by a generation that taught us about character, not to waste, the value of hard work, and the true meaning of hospitality.<br/><br/> With our first release, we are concentrating on how delicious and food-friendly our cool climate Syrah is. Our second release was a very limited Sauvignon Blanc-it sold out immediately.<br/><br/> In their honor, Aldrich Browne comes from our grandmothers’ maiden names.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.0%<br/><br/> Varietals: 100% Syrah<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard elevation:</strong> 2,600 feet. Dry-farmed<br/><br/> <strong>Harvested:</strong> October 13th, 2009. Bottled August 13th, 2010.<br/><br/> <strong>Vinified:</strong> Peay Vineyards, Cloverdale, CA<br/><br/>

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About This Wine: Syrah done right-earthy, wild and seductive. Perched precariously at 2,600 feet, the same can be said for Mariah Vineyard. It’s a virtual island in the sky. Farming is tough on Mendocino Ridge, but the Pacific air and bold determination of this local grower combine to produce some of the best Syrah we’ve tasted.<br/><br/> The perfect complement to food and friends.<br/><br/> We've been lucky to find a determined grower (some would say he's crazy!) who shares our vision. He's a small farmer growing grapes off the grid at 2,600 feet on Mendocino Ridge (go to Boonville, take a left and drive until it looks like you will fall off a cliff). Our first vintage is 332 cases of 2009 Mariah Vineyard Syrah.<br/><br/> <strong>Tasting Notes:</strong> Huckleberry, Blackberry Cobbler, Salted Caramel, Salt crusted meat, like a rib of beef (definitely sea salt)!, Black coffee, or even affogato, Perhaps a hint of rosemary, sage, anise<br/><br/> About The Winery: At Aldrich Browne, we don’t just taste wine - we drink wine.<br/><br/> And, that’s exactly what we were doing one sunny Sunday afternoon in Healdsburg, California.<br/><br/> As friends who had worked together to create some of the world’s best known brands, we decided it was time to build something small. Yes, something small.<br/><br/> We applaud handmade. We admire craftsmanship. We like real food and the people who prepare it. We absolutely adore the people who grow it. We’re captivated by old days and old ways.<br/><br/> Taking a hands-on approach, we’ve learned from the first pioneering winemakers and our grandmothers in the kitchen. We’re inspired by a generation that taught us about character, not to waste, the value of hard work, and the true meaning of hospitality.<br/><br/> With our first release, we are concentrating on how delicious and food-friendly our cool climate Syrah is. Our second release was a very limited Sauvignon Blanc-it sold out immediately.<br/><br/> In their honor, Aldrich Browne comes from our grandmothers’ maiden names.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.0%<br/><br/> Varietals: 100% Syrah<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard elevation:</strong> 2,600 feet. Dry-farmed<br/><br/> <strong>Harvested:</strong> October 13th, 2009. Bottled August 13th, 2010.<br/><br/> <strong>Vinified:</strong> Peay Vineyards, Cloverdale, CA<br/><br/>

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