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2008 Von Holt Syrah Old Lakeville Vineyard Sonoma Coast

The Old Lakeville Vineyard, named for the highway that borders it, is subject to two major cooling influences. Morning fog creeps in from the San Pablo Bay just one mile to the south. In the evening, ocean breezes sweep across the vineyard, coming through the Petaluma Gap and over the bay. The Old Lakeville Vineyard and it’s neighbor across the street, the Griffin’s Lair Vineyard, are well-located for the growing of Syrah with leanings toward that of the Northern Rhone.

In keeping with the wines of that region, the 2008 Von Holt Syrah Old Lakeville is on the savory side. There are aromas of blueberry and blackberry in the ruby-purple wine, but they are the opposite of jammy and easily matched by notes of black pepper, leather, clove and allspice. Wood provides a subtle backdrop. The palate is medium-plus in body and flavor intensity with moderate, integrated tannins. The flavors are less spicy than the bouquet. There are blackberry and black licorice with undertones of dark chocolate. The finish is generous. No decanting is required. Highly Recommended.

2008 Von Holt Syrah Old Lakeville Vineyard Sonoma Coast
VonHoltOldLkSyrahFrontRating: Highly Recommended

Drink: Now through 2016
Bottling Date: August 24, 2010

Closure: Cork
Production: 75 cases
Retail Price: $30.00

Note: When I contacted Von Holt for fact checking, they let me know that the wine is available via the Von Holt online store and offered free shipping on this particular wine to my readers for one week from today. Note that I’m not compensated in any way for wine sales of any sort. Use discount code: NORCALWINE

Winemaker: John Fones
Blend: Syrah
Origin: Old Lakeville Vineyard (aka Fredrick Ranch Vineyard), Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date: September 27, 2008
Fermentation: 80% whole cluster with native yeast

Aging: 21 months in French oak barrels, 33% new

Alcohol: 14.3%


I have also reviewed the 2009 Von Holt Pinot Noir Suacci Vineyard.

If you like Rhone wines, don’t miss the upcoming Hospice du Rhone on April 27 & 28. For a taste of HdR, take a look at these articles:
10 Big Wine Events to Look Forward to in Early 2012

Recap of Hospice du Rhone 2011 - Day One

Recap of Hospice du Rhone 2011 - Day Two

The wine above was provided for review.

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