2016 Syrah, El Dorado
Winemaking & Vineyard Details
Nose: Tar & leather followed by black cherry, sage & cacao.
Mouth: Ripe plumb, boysenberry, cured meat, ultra-long finish of licorice and peppercorn.
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.