2013 Edmunds St. John North Canyon Road Syrah
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Syrah
Dry, med-bodied red; Hermitage in style
Pair with lamb rack, cap on, simply cooked
When the Barsotti Ranch expanded in 2011 by buying up the abandoned plot of neighbouring Syrah vines, Steve was all ears. He first used grapes from this site for this 2013 wine, in which they were blended with Syrah from the Fenaughty Vineyard. The delicate balance between Barsotti's granitic soils and Fenaughty's gently sloping volcanic clay-loam is consolidated through 12 months in old French barrels.
Winemaker Steve Edmunds and his wife Cornelia St. John first bought a couple of tons of grapes in 1985 and began tinkering with them in a warehouse near them home in west Berkeley. Over the last 30 years, Steve has done what all great students and learners do: he has listened. He listens to feedback from other winemakers, his consumers, and most importantly to what the land and the grapes are telling him from one vintage to the next. In a world saturated with degrees and qualifications in viticulature, Steve stands out for his unofficial self-education.
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