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Founder Robert Jones purchased Firefall’s El Dorado County estate vineyards with the dream of honoring his grandfather’s winegrowing legacy. With a commitment to sustainable farming, the year-round nurturing of each vine culminates in hand harvested grapes that are fermented and aged with the lightest possible touch to create wines expressing a sense of place and distinction in the bottle.

"Great wines start with attention to detail in vineyards

resonating a silent covenant between their climate and soils."

— Founder, Robert Jones

 

2014 Syrah, El Dorado

2014 Syrah, El Dorado

Winemaking & Vineyard Details

Vineyard Designation
Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard
Clone
1103 Paulsen
Fermentation
Small open-top stainless steel tanks
Blend
100% Syrah
Harvest Date
September 17, 2014
Aging
French oak barrels
Alcohol %
15.2
TA | pH
5.2 g/L | 3.80
Bottling Date
August 2016
Winemaker
Daniel Moore
Production
8 barrels, 210 cases
PRICE
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$32.00
 
SKU: FFSYR14

Impressions
Nose: pineapple hard candy, tangerine peel, wet stones, wisp of smoke 
Mouth: stone fruit and toast with a lingering pear finish, light body, bright acidity, smooth texture

Vineyard
Baby Rattlesnake Vineyard earned its unusual name after Robert Jones’ three-year-old son picked up a juvenile Northern Pacific rattler in the company of his parents. Before they could intervene, he had already returned it to earth without harm to either party.

Developed in 1991, the vineyard is known for being the fruit source of several El Dorado County wines garnering 90-point ratings. It currently boasts 16 acres of Rhone varieties that are augmented with tiny blocks of barbera and tempranillo.

The property is located in the Fair Play AVA, five miles south of Somerset and above the middle fork of the Cosumnes River where the growing season is marked by warm, dry conditions. Prompted by elevations reaching 2400 feet, the cool overnight temperatures help form favorable grape acidity that provides artistic counterpoint to the layered fruit in the finished wines.

Vines are planted in well-drained granitic sandy-loam soils (Holland Series) where their struggle for survival creates the desirable conditions for growing outstanding wine grapes. 

The mountain vineyard offers a favorable package of crystal-clear skies above the fog line, clones and rootstock chosen for the site, and year-round hand cultivation that helps create an age-worthy collection of well-balanced wines.

Metrics

Blend
100% Syrah
Harvest Date
September 17, 2014
Aging
French oak barrels
Alcohol %
15.2
TA | pH
5.2 g/L | 3.80
Bottling Date
August 2016
Winemaker
Daniel Moore
Production
8 barrels, 210 cases

TASTING ROOM
8085 Perry Creek Road
Somerset, CA 95684
p 530.620.6200
Open Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

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