2010 Baker Ranch Syrah
“Zingy aromas of blackberry, cranberry, violet stem and underlying bramble give way to a medium-bodied, lightly textured and acid driven palate... will be loved by old-school northern Rhône aficionados.”
The Rhône Report, December 2011
Syrah is exceedingly hard to find in the Pinot Noir-centric Anderson Valley, though Baker Ranch dared to plant it, and it delivers with flying colors. Sustainably farmed and wonderfully expressive, this wine proves a most welcome and unique addition to the Copain Syrah portfolio.
2010 began with a delayed bud break, followed by an unseasonably chilly
vintage which facilitated slow ripening of the fruit. Despite a weeklong heat
spike, our vineyards escaped damage due to our canopy management
practice of limited leaf removal. Harvest began in late September, and in
certain vineyards, continued until early November. Our 2010 wines show
pretty aromatics, supple tannins and sound acidity.