Griffin's Lair

the syrah

Bedrock Wines: We began supplying grapes to Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2009 and have watched his "itsy-bitsy winery" grow to superstar status. Morgan grew up at Ravenswood (with dad Joel Peterson) and made his first wine at age 5 (really). He intends "to spread the gospel of syrah in California by sourcing fruit from the great terroirs." That says it all.


Loxton Cellars: What's an Australian physicist doing making wine in California? Chris grew up on his family's vineyard in the Barossa Valley; eventually he found physics too "dry" a subject and came full circle! Syrah is Chris Loxton's specialty, not fruity shiraz, but a wonderfully restrained cool-climate version.


PAX Wines We have a history with Pax and Pam Mahle: the first Pax syrah from our vineyard was made in 2002. For several vintages the wine was in the “Wind Gap” program (Pax’s other venture), but is now back to its origin, as a Pax syrah. And wow is it good, earthy, spicy, and complex!


Spottswoode Estate cabs and sauvignon blancs are described as classic and “impeccable.” The Novak family and winemaker Aron Weinkauf are single-minded in their pursuit of the best grapes to make world-class wines. We’re extremely proud to be part of the Spottswoode “Field Book” program.



The very best of vineyards is the cellar.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Syrah Tidbits

Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape. Australia uses the term Shiraz instead of Syrah. California winemakers also use Shiraz if the wine is made in an Australian style.

Syrah grows well in both cool and hot climates. A cooler climate yields a wine with more spicy aromas and flavors. Hotter climates yield a more fruity wine