2012 Baker Lane Estate Syrah Sonoma Coast


Baker Lane Vineyards is the project of Stephen Singer, longtime wine director of Chez Panisse and Lalime's in Berkeley. Today Singer makes his home amid the vines in Sebastopol, and has a very long and distinguished career in fine wine that informs his winemaking, which is done with the assistance of Greg Adams. 

We thought this Syrah smelled and tasted as if it were made from vines in Chambertin Clos de Beze, the great Burgundy Grand cru. It’s spicy, exotic, and oh-so-sweet-fruited, the perfect foil for a plate of hearty Lyonnais sausages and potatoes. 

About this wine, Stephen says, “Not only did we have excellent yields in our Estate site, we had an unprecedented level of quality throughout all sectors of the vineyard. The result was this wine which reflects all of the spicy detail of our home vineyard coupled with exceptional depth of fruit that is supported by a finely wrought tannic structure. Once it opens up, it just goes on and on expressing deeply aromatic black fruit and subtly smoky aromas that are balanced by an impressive mouthfeel. This wine is built for a long and graceful life.”

Sonoma Coast
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