Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Estate Vinyeard Syrah 2015
In 1983, with his daughter Fanny in utero, the idea of a working life in the wine business emerged for Stephen Singer. Fanny’s Mother, Alice Waters, encouraged Stephen to open a retail store in San Francisco, and Singer & Foy Wines was born. A bottle shop with a wine tasting schedule of global scope, the shop provided ample on-the-job business and detailed wine education. Traveling broadly throughout the wine world with his mentor, Kermit Lynch, Alice and others, Stephen was instilled with a fine appreciation for the subtleties of culture AND viticulture that make wines of distinction a possibility.
In serving 15 years as a Board Member and the wine director for Chez Panisse, Stephen was engaged in the ongoing green revolution that it helped spawn. This motivated him to celebrate the indelible connection between the earth and a gracious table through a variety of pursuits, including César in Berkeley, and Stephen Singer, Olio, an importer and distributor of Italian oils and vinegars. This entrepreneurial spirit, tethered to a desire to gain an empirical understanding of viticulture and winemaking, led to the creation of Baker Lane Vineyards. It has provided Stephen the rare opportunity to transform its 15 acres in to a bio-dynamically farmed Syrah and Viognier vineyard with singular terroir, olive orchard and home. Baker Lane’s mission to produce sustainably grown, exceptional expressions of cool climate Syrah, Viognier and Pinot Noir has drawn on all aspects of Stephen’s experience.
The farm is nestled in a hidden valley west of Sebastopol. The 2015 Syrah comes from their estate vineyard. Aged for 22 months in Kader 440L puncheons of which 20% were new.
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