October 21, 2010
19 months in French oak, 17% new.
2010 Kick Ranch Syrah Sonoma County
The forest floor aromas give way to seductive black cherry and toasted oak, with smoked meat/porcini mushroom coming through at the end. This alluring Kick Ranch Syrah will provide a guilty pleasure in the short term, and will become enticingly seductive with patience. Dry Asiago with porcini mushroom, arugula and speck pizza is a compelling suitor. Expect the 2010 KR Syrah to give pleasure for 10+ years.
Kick Ranch should be its own appellation, or in this case a Monopole, a single distinct property. Cold temperatures during the spring and summer help to moderate this gently sloping vineyard on the western foothills of Spring Mountain. Well drained alluvial soils contribute to minerality and concentration of flavors, but what is especially compelling about this vineyard is the way it is cared for by owner Dick Keenan. He is passionately dedicated to produce fruit that is the foundation for extraordinary wine. Along with the Odyssey Vineyard in RRV, Kick ranch is our longest vineyard relationship.