Syrah, Sierra Foothills

In 1997 we produced our first Syrah from Ian and Elena Renner’s Canterbury Vineyard at the 2,000 foot elevation in the Sierra Foothills.  Uniquely situated on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the large New Mellones Dam, and with full western exposure, the vineyard enjoys a microclimate with warm sunny days, no fog, and moderated by cool afternoon breezes off the dam. Well-drained soils with a shallow layer of schist restrict root growth, resulting in vines that yield intensely flavored fruit.