2019 La Clarine Farm Sumu Kaw Vineyard Syrah, Sierra Foothills, USA
Sumu Kaw is an exemplary Syrah vineyard. The elements of elevation (3000 feet), location (in the middle of a pine forest), exposition (ridge-top) and soil composition (deep volcanic loam) come together here in a nearly perfect combination. With thoughtful farming and careful treatment in the cellar, it is possible to “make” a really superlative wine here. The soil, in particular, seems to lend everything grown here amazing aromatics. The Syrah grapes always give meaty and smokey tones, with dark fruit, and our choice to ferment these grapes with 100% whole clusters adds an intriguing herbal note to the wine.