Vigilance bottle

Vigilance

Syrah, 2015

Winemaker Joy Merrilees grew up in Lake County, California, but she made wine pretty much everywhere else first—including for critically acclaimed producers in New Zealand, Australia and Oregon. One of the best things about making wine in her hometown: the vigilant pack of dogs that protect the sheep that mow the vineyards. This wine, named for them, could as easily been named Patience—the dogs spend the most time in the Syrah vineyard, the last to be harvested each fall.

Profile

Vigilance Syrah is the best of both worlds, Old and New. It has California’s fruitiness, but also the complex spice notes the grape retains in France’s northern Rhône Valley.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Cinnamon
Black pepper
Blueberry
Plum

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

Inhale gently for Syrah’s subtle black-pepper aroma—it’s a signature of cool-climate Syrah, and opens up more food-pairing possibilities.

A bold red will complement the richness of the maple butter sauce, and its spice note will enhance the flavor of the chicken.

A bold red is a beautiful match with beef, especially when the dish's herbal note can complement the spicy flavor of the wine.

A red with some heft and a spicy undertone will stand up to the dish, and also complement the salad without overpowering it.

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More About The Wine

Lake County, just north of Napa, is divided into five grape-growing areas. Red Hills’ climate is similar to that of France’s Rhône Valley, where the cool air preserves Syrah’s subtle black-pepper note (it ripens out in warm places such as Australia). The Vigilance grapes come from a tiny vineyard at the bottom of a hill in the coolest part of the region.

DID YOU KNOW?

Napa producers are allowed to blend in a small percentage of wine from outside their region. They turn to Lake County wine for more complex flavors.

  • VARIETY
    Syrah
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Shannon Ridge
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Red Hills Lake County, California, USA
  • OAK
    French and American oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    13.9%
  • FARMING
    Certified sustainable

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