2016 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 stem inclusion here, as we feel it accentuates the uniqueness of this vineyard and the Syrah varietal character. In 2016, we finally had healthy winter rainfall leading into a cool, dry spring. Summer was warm and mild until August, when the summer furnace turned on and jump-started harvest with a heat spike.

We picked Rodgers Creek on September 30, the first time pre-October in our history for this cool climate vineyard. After 24 months in barrel, we bottled this beauty unfined and unfiltered. With its unique site and clonal material, Rodgers Creek once again makes a strong statement for terroir on the Sonoma Coast hillsides.

Opaque. Layers of aromas starting with olive tapenade, raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and a suggestion of forest floor from the whole clusters. The palate is ripe and silky, with the blue fruits turning textural and creamy. A dash of white pepper and inner mouth perfume of violet bring a savory complexity to the long and satisfying finish.

125 Cases Produced

  • 93 points Jeb Dunnuck