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RIVERAIN 11 SY CARDIAC
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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RIVERAIN 2011 SYRAH "CARDIAC HILL" BENNETT VALLEY 750mL

After more than a decade of "visits" to the wine country to purchase hand crafted boutique wines, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery, Steve Nordhoff, and a group of close friends decided to start the journey of creating a wine project that reflects their passion, past experiences, and love for Napa and Sonoma. If you have ever been to the Napa, Steve's story needs very little explanation as most visitors catch "the fever" upon arrival. But with Steve's numerous years of collecting many of the wines produced around the world, his educated palate would be what sets his story apart; he has gained the knowledge of what separates truly world class wine, and what makes a nice wine. Steve wants world class! With the help of friends, and with his winemaker being Thomas Brown (who also makes the wine at Pulido-Walker, Maybach, Outpost, and Schrader), the Riverain wines are truly on their way to stun the wine world!

This Syrah comes from the highly acclaimed Cardiac Hill Vineyard located in the Bennett Valley AVA. With gorgeous views and a beautifully farmed property, it's no surprise that this location has been producing incredible Syrah for over a decade. Riverain's unique one acre block is Northeast facing and located on an extremely steep terrain. The soils and the vigor allow for a naturally balanced yield. The vineyard which is exclusively Estrella River clone (our favorite), produced just over two tons of fruit in 2011.

In 2011, the growing season was unseasonably cool, but fastidious farming and diligent sorting allowed Thomas Brown to produce a dense wine, with a deep violet purple color. He included 28% whole cluster for aromatic complexity. The wine was aged 15 months in one year and older French Oak barrels. In its youth, a healthy decant will be required to coax this wine out of its early reticence, however those with some patience will find themselves duly rewarded over the next 8-10+ years. Only 140 cases produced!
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