90% Syrah and 10% Viognier
VINEYARD This unique property is on the western, cooler side of Sonoma Mountain, recently approved as its own AVA - Petaluma Gap. Ramey's block was planted in 2002, 800 feet up the southwest face of the mountain. The inclusion of whole Syrah clusters (roughly 30%) in the fermentation heightens the "Syrahness" of this wine. The Syrah and Viognier are co-fermented, and as with all of Ramey's wines, native yeast fermentation and spontaneous malolactic fermentation were completed. Planted to Syrah Clone 877, with three rows of Viognier. Old, rocky volcanic soils.
WINEMAKING Aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and rested 25 months in 100% new French barrels. Bottled without filtration.