Vineyard of Pasterwick Russian River Valley
Gerry Pasterick makes only Syrah and Viognier including now a Rosé of Syrah. He produces around 600 cases, mainly the Estate Syrah from his steep hillside vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. He augmented his holding with several plantings in 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2001. In 2001 he planted a small block of Viognier, with a second block in 2006. Gerry is meticulous about his Syrah and tries as far as possible to follow the traditional Northern Rhône method of blending around 3% Viognier with the Syrah and maturing the wine in barrel for 3 years. It is then bottle aged for a further year before it is released. The wine is gamey with big fruit and strong flavours, almost black in colour, with nuances of violet, black fruit, spice, and tar. A long, complex finish completes the journey but the wine should really be cellared for several years before it reaches its full potential. The excellent price/quality ratio is an added bonus. A tiny amount of a single block on the steepest slope on the site, Angle of Repose (£F) is also made. (NB)
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