Our first year sourcing Syrah from this historic site on Sonoma Mountain was 2010, when we pulled from young contiguous blocks planted to Alban 1, Alban Power Block, and ENTAV 470 clones of Syrah. Because 2010 was a very cool year punctuated by the threat (and then very real occurrence) of heavy rains in mid-October, we chose to harvest this fruit a bit earlier than we would have liked. If weather co-operates in the future, we will likely harvest this close to Halloween, which will allow the Syrah to ripen further and produce a medium to full wine that nonetheless remains elegant, in the style of our older vintages from Dry Stack Vineyard. Yields are low in this difficult climate, averaging 2 tons to the acre or less so far, though this is likely to hit 3 tons per acre as these new blocks become more established. A barrel of the 2010 Steiner Syrah added a nice spicy and herbal layer to our Kalen's Big Boy Blend. Should all go well, we hope to someday bottle a vineyard designate.
SHIPMENTS TWICE A YEAR
Direct sales are allocated exclusively to EK Allocation List members at a 10% discount. Orders of 6+ bottles save an additional 50% off shipping. New releases ship twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.
You may customize your spring and fall allocations any way you like, from 0–12 bottles of each wine. (Small-lot and list-only wines will have lower limits.) To modify your allocations, click on MY ALLOCATION above.
Wines often sell out at or close to release, so we encourage making the most of your spring and fall allocations. As long as wine remains, you are welcome to reorder online through our EK Special Order store. Or contact John Gillis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.244.9453.