By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://deerfieldranch.com/
Deerfield Ranch winery, just north of Glen Ellen California, is in the heart of Sonoma County and is one that uses its self-built cave system to age the wine in. It has created a loyal following and good acclaim as well. They produce a variety of wines – white to red and even a Rose’.
- Alcohol 15%;
- Free Sulfites (SO2) at bottling 18 ppm;
- SO2 at release, less than
- 10 ppm. (Human threshold = 12 ppm)
- Bottled 1400 cases
- Cooperage: Three years of aging in 70% American 20% French and 15% Eastern European oak barrels
- Price: $24
Nose: Sharp spiced blueberry component along with notes of chocolate, casis, tobacco and tar.
Taste: This is a very well-made Shiraz that exhibits flavors of blueberry compot, spice, tobacco and chocolate. It had a very nice mid palet, however, can come across as a tad-bit too oaked but that blows off with a nice decant. What you’re left with is a very bbq/grilled-food friendly wine that should be highly sought-out for Syrah/Shiraz lovers.