2016 Scavenger Syrah
Amador County ~ Lower Sierra Foothills
Rob Schermeister crafted this full-bodied and intensely aromatic Syrah in the traditional Rhone technique by co-fermenting 93% Syrah fruit with 7% Viognier fruit. The result is an explosion of aroma and flavor right out of the glass, thanks to the compounds in Viognier that hold on to color and other characteristics of this Lower Sierra Foothills fruit.
If you’re pairing this with food, try a dark chocolate raspberry or tiramisu truffle.
20% of all Scavenger sales go to benefit International Bird Rescue.
Harvest date: 9.17.16
Barrel time: 19 months in 15% new François French Oak
Skin Contact: 23 days
Production: 150 cases
The Tumbas Vineyard
Words from our growers, Steve & Betsy Tumbas:
“Our Syrah vines were planted in 2000. The Syrah is on 140R rootstock, Estrella clone. Our soil is well-drained, sloping from 1400 ft to 1200 ft, with a southern exposure. Wine made from this fruit is typically bold and full-bodied. The color is very dark and rich. Our Viognier was planted in 2001. We farm softly, with a minimum of chemical additives. Fertilizer is generally just the residue from our stables in addition to cover cropping in the winter. To top it off, all of our vines are owner-tended and hand-harvested.”