Our wines reflect the distinctiveness and diversity of their sites – from the elevated valley floor of High Serenity Ranch to the raw and remote Volcano Ridge Vineyard. David Ramey produced, family-owned, and estate-grown. Brassfield Estate wines are fruit-driven, balanced and delicious.
The 2012 Monte Sereno Syrah has an array of complex notes, aromas and flavors that can be
enjoyed now, or cellared for a number of years. On the nose, it showcases mocha coupled
with brambly fruit, black currant, and a touch of vanilla toast. From the first taste, it stuns with
red raspberry cobbler, cedar, and goji berries. The mid-palate is rich and coating while the
finish offers a lingering sense of licorice, cocoa, and clove to round out the wine. Our highly
elevated vineyards lend themselves particularly well to this varietal as it favors big swings in
temperature, from warm days to very cool nights, allowing for great balance and natural
At 2100 feet above sea level the Monte Sereno Vineyard is located on the Western slopes of
High Valley. This special site is planted to the Syrah Noir clone, whose origins come from the
Hermitage region of the Rhone Valley in France. The Noir clone is prone to providing rustic,
spicy, and earthy components rich in tannin and concentrated in riper flavors.
At Brassfield Estate, our winemaking emphasizes quality and the use of traditional hand-crafted
techniques, which create wines that have both power and finesse. During harvest we used aerative
pump-overs and finished with extended maceration and heating of the must. After sending the wine to
barrels it then undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally in our caves. To showcase the fruit and
structure of this wine, it was aged in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% neutral French oak barrels
for 20 months. The wine was stirred monthly on its lees to achieve body and texture. This Monte
Sereno Syrah was lightly fined, but bottled without filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this Syrah with pork tenderloin, coq au vin, or a lamb stew with vegetables.