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Eaglepoint Ranch is located at the extreme east of Mendocino county high above the Ukiah Valley and the town of Talmage.  Since 1979, the vineyards here have been producing some of the best Rhone varietals in Northern California.
The upland benches of eastern Mendocino sit above the fog line and receive an incomparable amount of sunlight for full development of varietal character.  The intensity and uniqueness of the vineyard site carry through into the resultant wine. We aged this wine in neutral French oak barrels for almost three years to allow the intensity of this wine to meld and focus with the subtle varietal flavors of Syrah.

This rich wine starts with a nose full of smoked meat, wild herbs, and musky violet florals.  The wine delivers equally impressive flavors in the mouth with a full range of black fruits from currants to boysenberry, followed by pepper and mixed North African spices. Both big and delicate, this expression of Syrah is consistently a crowd favorite, layered with balanced intensity from top to bottom.  Mouth filling and focused, the Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah is a wine which will impress when young and keep rewarding well into its teens.

 

Pinot Noir     Syrah     Carignan     Zinfandel     Cabernet Sauvignon     Merlot     Sauvignon Blanc

BAXTER     2004     ‘Eaglepoint Ranch’     Mendocino

BAXTER     2004     ‘Valenti Vineyard’     Mendocino Ridge

The Mendocino Ridge Appellation is one of the most unique in all of the United States.   Consisting of the coastal ridgetop areas above 1200 feet, this limited group of peaks is the only non-contiguous appellation in the United States.
The Valenti Vineyard is situated just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, at an elevation between 1200 and 1600 feet.  This places it above the fog line where it benefits from long days of sunshine to counter balance the cool climate and afternoon breezes.  Often the last vineyard we harvest, this Syrah offers the unique ability to ripen slowly while retaining all the freshness and spice for which cold-climate Syrah is known. 

A favorite among fans of wines from the Rhône Valley in France, this wine delivers a character rare in the wines of California.  Rich in violets and white pepper, the nose delivers with purity and intensity while remaining delicate and refined.  This notion continues into the mouth as the vibrant acidity and lush fruits mix to provide perfect balance.  Raspberry and cranberry mix seamlessly on the palate with white pepper and spice achieving an impressive duality of finesse and intensity.  With lower alcohols and higher acidity, this wine makes a perfect compliment to food, providing a long clean finish.  The Valenti Syrah benefits greatly from decanting when young and will age wonderfully for well over a decade.                    25 cases produced.

 

175 cases produced.

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