Reserve Mendocino Ridge Syrah 2002
Silver Medal Winner - Los Angeles County Fair 2006! Winemaker Nancy Walker There are two Syrahs in our Winemaker Reserve series, providing a wonderful opportunity to compare and contrast how higher elevations and other variables impact a single varietal. Located just two miles from the Pacific Ocean, high above the clouds on a ridgeline, the Mariah vineyard provides stunning fruit for winemaker Nancy Walker, who takes full advantage in this richly flavorful Syrah. The power of the fruit calls from more time in barrel than the Mendocino Syrah, and older Puncheons (about double the size of a typical barrel) are used here to temper the fruit for an added seven months. The color is deep, dark and purple, in contrast to the garnet of its sister, and there is more white pepper and a hint of citrus zest on the nose. As you taste, you'll find the same peppery zest so familiar to great Syrahs, in a neatly balanced wine full of blackberry you'll be enjoying in a long, extended finish. This is a new world Syrah, crafted from vines just a decade old.
Fetzer Vineyards was founded in 1968 in beautiful Mendocino County by Barney and Kathleen Fetzer. One of the first California wineries to branch out into serious Chardonnay production, Fetzer remains committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious wine production. Dennis Martin oversees all wine-making at Fetzer and is assisted by Charlie Gilmore and Michael Chupp, who are in charge of white wine making and red wine making respectively.