Golden Vineyards, Mendocino CA – Mendocino is a beautiful growing region for wine grapes; warm days for ripening fruit and cool coastal fog rolls in at night from the rugged North Coast beaches, only 50 miles as the crow flies. Golden Vineyards is home to two ranches in Mendocino county located just east of Hopland, California. The Fairbairn Ranch Syrah vines are rooted in sandy loam soils, planted in 1994. The farming technique is one step beyond Organic – Biodynamic. Biodynamic farming treats the ranch as a whole organism, with mixed agriculture to support a healthy ecosystem and a focus on soil health for vine longevity. Biodynamic farming allows the vines to produce wines with a natural balance and deep expression of the land.
100% Syrah hand harvested in the early morning fog, processed with gentle fruit handling to preserve fruit flavors. Fermented in open top bins with 10% whole cluster fruit imparting a delicate spice to the wine. After fermentation, the Syrah was aged in French oak barrels for 2 years before bottling. This one barrel lot was hand bottled by Yuri and Jillian, making only 25 cases of this very special Syrah.