2014 Skylark Syrah, Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast


Rodgers Creek is nestled in the hills above Petaluma in the Sonoma Coast appellation. Our block is a gently sloping hillside at 800 feet elevation planted to a Cote Rotie clone specifically selected for this site. We love employing stem inclusion here, as we feel it accentuates the uniqueness of this vineyard and the Syrah varietal character. The 2014 vintage was right in the middle of the extended California drought, when getting ripeness was not the issue but water retention and healthy vines were the main concern. Under the cool coastal fog, Rodgers Creek fared very well in this warm vintage. We picked on October 9, left the juice on the skins for 27 days and then pressed off free run juice into 40% new Francois Freres cooperage. The 2014 spent twenty-four months in barrel, then was bottled unfined and unfiltered. While beautiful in the glass today, this vintage of Rodgers Creek will age gracefully for the next decade.

Ruby red. Complex aromatics of blackberry and black raspberry with flecks of Provencal spice and black pepper. While the spice notes linger in the background, it’s the fruit profile that takes the center stage. Plush and creamy, the black fruits caress the palate with seamless grace – ripe but not heavy, juicy but not sweet. The whole cluster inclusion adds a savory element to the California fruit, and the clonal spice note brings freshness. The 2014 is a worthy candidate for the cellar, but it is hard to resist now.

125 Cases Produced

  • 93 points Jeb Dunnuck