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Spencer Roloson Syrah Napa Valley la Herradura 2005

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The La Herradura Vineyard is a brilliant site tucked into the lower slopes of Howell Mountain in the Conn Valley. In 1999 Sam Spencer planted this vineyard on family land with Côte Rôtie selections. The vineyard is divided diagonally by a creek-bed and is an almost perfect amphitheater encompassing 180 degrees of exposure. The soils are thin, gravelly, clay loams on hillside that averages 25% slopes. The subsoil is ancient seafloor and Franciscan bedrock that make these vines work for everything they bear. Yields are naturally very low in such thin and inhospitable soils, producing loose clusters with small berries and very thick skins. Tasting Notes: The 2005 Vintage was long and moderate with a near perfect drift into October for a harvest replete with late season drama and high wire activity. Herradura responded beautifully with balanced fruit, glorious aromatics and complexity; the wine is thick with mocha, blackberry and crushed minerals supporting sweet and finely textured tannin. The finish is a balanced and persistent sixty second experience.

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Spencer Roloson Winery:
The entirety of Sam’s career has been spent in the wine industry. It is all he has ever done and all he wants to do. Soil and wine run neck and neck in competition for his focus and his attention is directed more by the time of the year then a choice of interest. Sam believes that it all starts and ends in the vineyard – period. The sites he has developed, Madder Lake Vineyard and the La Herrad... Read more
The entirety of Sam’s career has been spent in the wine industry. It is all he has ever done and all he wants to do. Soil and wine run neck and neck in competition for his focus and his attention is directed more by the time of the year then a choice of interest. Sam believes that it all starts and ends in the vineyard – period. The sites he has developed, Madder Lake Vineyard and the La Herradura Vineyard, are true examples of his dedication and meticulous standards. Sam’s interest was first sparked while bartending in a restaurant in New Zealand. He was approached and offered an opportunity to work a harvest at the now world renowned Cloudy Bay Vineyards – and the light went on. From there he traveled to many wine growing regions: consulting in Chile and Argentina, exploring in Spain, making wine in the Napa Valley - learning what he could from both old and new world experiences. In 1996 Sam co-founded Hayes and Vine Wine Bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. There he had the opportunity to broaden his education and palate by tasting thousands and thousands of wines from around the world. But he would taste one wine that would make an indelible impression and solidify his commitment to the Rhone: John Alban’s first vintage of Roussanne. As a founder of Spencer Roloson, Sam has built the wine program around the Rhone Valley and wines of Spain. Bold wines, true to their varietal character with enough finesse, elegance and focus to reveal the origin. The wine making begins in the vineyard, ends in the bottle – all the while guided by Sam. Read less

External Reviews for Spencer Roloson Syrah Napa Valley la Herradura

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

The 2005 vintage was long and moderate with a near perfect drift into October for a harvest replete with late season drama and high wire activity. Herradura responded beautifully with balanced fruit, glorious aromatics and complexity; the wine is thick with mocha, blackberry and crushed minerals supporting sweet and finely textured tannin. The finish is a balanced and persistent sixty second experience. FOUR BOTTLE MINIMUM PURCHASE FROM THIS winery, PLEASE!



The La Herradura Vineyard is a brilliant site tucked into the lower slopes of Howell Mountain in the Conn Valley. In 1999 Sam Spencer planted this vineyard on family land with Côte Rôtie selections. The vineyard is divided diagonally by a creek-bed and is an almost perfect amphitheater encompassing 180 degrees of exposure. The soils are thin, gravelly, clay loams on hillside that averages 25% slopes. The subsoil is ancient seafloor and Franciscan bedrock that make these vines work for everything they bear. Yields are naturally very low in such thin and inhospitable soils, producing loose clusters with small berries and very thick skins. Tasting Notes: The 2005 Vintage was long and moderate with a near perfect drift into October for a harvest replete with late season drama and high wire activity. Herradura responded beautifully with balanced fruit, glorious aromatics and complexity; the wine is thick with mocha, blackberry and crushed minerals supporting sweet and finely textured tannin. The finish is a balanced and persistent sixty second experience.

Dietary Information: Organic


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