2011 Bouchaine Rockin’ H Vineyard Sonoma Coast Syrah
This is a Syrah with a Pinot producer’s touch. Easily the darkest wine we make but with the lowest alcohol. An uncommon freshness accompanies the rich full flavors one expects from Syrah. Not too bold, not too grapey, toasted oak overtones, a bit of savory pepper spice, a bit of bitter sweet dark chocolate. This is Bouchaine’s go-to-wine for Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon where she calls for most of the bottle. It’s equally at home with virtually any barbecue or full flavored ripe cheeses.
Though the Pinot Noir is among the first grapes we receive at Bouchaine, the Syrah is among the last. The Syrah produces low yields of very late ripening fruit; plenty of time on the vine to soften Syrah’s astringency without compromising the aroma and flavor that can be lost with over-ripening in warmer areas.