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The 2013 Scavenger Syrah has sold out.
Look for our next 2016 vintage release in winter 2018.

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Schermeister Winery’s Scavenger was born out of a desire to do a side project just for fun. We came upon some amazing Syrah fruit for the 2013 harvest so we decided to make a new label that was unique from our classic Schermeister wines. Laura’s passion for birds and involvement with their conservation played a major part in what this wine has come to be. Our model bird of course had to be the California Condor, known for its eerie gaze and top position on the list of endangered species of North America.

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20% of all Scavenger sales go to
International Bird Rescue,

a non-profit organization that we truly believe in. Their people work countless hours rehabilitating birds and releasing them into the wild to continue the success of their species. We are so excited to be able to give back to our community in such a beautiful and harmonious way.

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2016 Scavenger Syrah
Tumbas Vineyard
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.
It’s divine!

20% of all Scavenger sales go to benefit International Bird Rescue.



Production is limited. Contact us to purchase by calling 707.934.8953.

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Clone Estrella
Harvest Date 9.17.2016

Barrel Time
19 Months in 15% new François French oak

Skin Contact
23 days

150 cases

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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.”