Syrah, Block 6, Canterbury Vineyard, 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 deep and cold New Mellones Dam, and with full western exposure, the vineyard enjoys a microclimate with warm sunny days, no fog, and cool afternoon breezes off the dam.  Block 6 is situated on the highest, steepest slopes of the vineyard, on shallow, well-drained schist soils, yielding intensely flavored grapes. In 2006 we began keeping fruit from Block 6 separate from the balance of the vineyard, aging the wine longer in newer French oak barrels, producing a deep, dark, moderately tannic red wine capable of many years of maturing.