(2011 Vintage) The Clarke Vineyard in American Canyon has a cool breezy climate that brings out the depth and finesse of the Syrah grape.Clone 877is used for body and raspberry/chocolate fruit, and a little Clone 383 for grace and complexity. A small amount of Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah to add an exotic appeal. 2011 was again a cool year, with late rains and cool temperatures throughout the summer. Careful management and tight standards at picking on Nov 3rd,did give us over 25Brix. We did not fool around and added th e Syrah yeast the next day, starting at low temperatures and let ting temperature get up in the low 80’s during fermentation. All sorts of rich exotic aromas came out to let us know this was going to be another wonderful Syrah.