The grapes for this wine were sourced from two of our estate vineyards in Monterey County, a part of California's renowned Central Coast. The southern property is the warmer site, producing a Syrah that is lush with ripe, fleshy fruit. Our other Syrah vineyard is in a cooler climate zone, which results in a subtle spiciness and greater depth and concentration.
On the heels of a picture-perfect 2015 growing season, the 2016 vintage was another beaut. Spring came early and lasted long, with temperate conditions and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy warm afternoons made the summer months ideal for even ripening and good flavor development. At the winery, the fruit was carefully sorted, fermented in small lots, and aged with a combination of French and American oak. In comprising the final blend, we added a small amount of Merlot and Grenache to enhance the complexity and heighten the fruit.
Our 2016 Ryder Estate Syrah is jam-packed with ripe black fruit and a hint of white pepper. It is a well-balanced wine with a supple, lingering finish and notes of mocha and toast.