This jammy wine from the well-known China Creek Vineyard in Placerville is sure to be a crowd favorite! We recommend decanting it briefly or giving it a minute to open up in your glass, releasing aromas of blackberry, cola and bacon. On the palate you’ll find flavors of spiced berry compote and tobacco leading into a sweet and medium bodied finish.
In 2018 we had the opportunity during harvest, due to favorably mild weather, to let some of the Syrah hang on the vine a bit longer. We harvested at 32 brix instead of around 24 brix which we would harvest at for a dry wine. Brix is the measure of sugar in the grapes used for calculating potential alcohol. The grapes fermented for 21 days as the weather was starting to cool in the winery later in the season. Fermentation stopped when the wine reached about 15% alcohol, killing off the yeast and leaving natural residual sugar for this subtly sweet style of wine.
This wine is showcased best with rich savory dishes like a traditional holiday stuffing with sage or pulled beef sliders with caramelized onion jam, crispy pancetta, and a red wine reduction. Barbecue or smoked pork dishes would pair especially well.
We produced four barrels of this wine which aged for 24 months in two new medium toast French Oak and two new medium-plus toast American Oak barrels.
100 cases produced