Latest Syrah from Carica Wines debuts at East Bay Wineries’ “Passport” March 15-16February 26th, 2014
Vineyard-designated 2010 Syrah ‘Kick Ranch’ Sonoma is Complex, Balanced
Carica Wines has just announced the release of its newest “Kick Ranch” Syrah from northern California. Full-bodied and elegant, the wine is 100% Syrah from one of Sonoma County’s most sought after vineyards. Released after more than a year of bottle aging, the 2010 Carica Syrah is highly drinkable now and will remain so for at least a decade.
Carica 2010 Syrah joins the lineup of wines showcased at the upcoming two-day wine tasting event, “Passport to Urban Wine Country” presented by the East Bay Vintners Alliance. Supplied with a map of over a dozen tasting rooms located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, from Alameda to Oakland and Berkeley, Passport ticket holders will have the opportunity to discover and taste wines from over 20 urban wineries. More information is available at www.eastbayvintners.com. Three wineries, including Carica Wines, will welcome Passport guests at 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.
For the Carica 2010 Syrah, winemaker Charlie Dollbaum began with cool-climate fruit hand-harvested from a premiere vineyard on the slope of Spring Mountain in Sonoma County. He made 99 cases in the style he is noted for: concentrated fruit aroma and flavor, with balance and structure. Striving for wine that fully exemplifies the character of the particular varietal he is working with, Dollbaum harvests moderately ripe fruit with just enough sugars and tannins to produce a rich and complex, but always balanced wine.
Three Syrah clones were selected for the 2010 Carica Syrah. According to Carica winemaker Dollbaum, “The Hermitage clone contributes earthy and tobacco flavors, while the 470 clone provides the foundational blackberry and cassis aromas and flavors.” Syrah clone 877, always the last to ripen, brings tannic grip to the midpalate. The wine was aged for 16 months in neutral French oak barrels and American oak barrels. It was bottled unfiltered and unfined on March 13, 2012. With 14.4% alcohol, the 2010 Carica Syrah is an ideal companion for food. Dollbaum suggests pairing this Syrah with grilled lamb or stuffed portobello mushrooms.
Carica 2010 Syrah, and the other Carica wines, are available through the winery’s website, www.CaricaWines.com. The wine retails for $36.00 per bottle.
The winery’s name and the fig leaf on the Carica Wines label are inspired by the rugged fig trees (botanical name Ficus carica) that still flourish on the hillsides of esteemed northern California vineyards. From ancient times, the grapevine and fig tree together have symbolized peace and prosperity.