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Syrah 2019 Signature

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Syrah 2019 Signature
Syrah 2019 Signature
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Madroña Syrah is inspired not only by the great Syrahs of the Nothern Rhône, but also by the excellent versions currently being produced in California and Australia.  Our goal is to sculpt a wine that is both classic and contemporary - expressing the unique soils and climate of our mountain vineyards.  Using a wide variety of clones, rootstocks and microclimates, we produce a wine with exceptional balance and complexity. Bright fruit intertwined with the classic Rhône “smokiness” make Madroña Syrahs an experience to behold.

The 2019 Vintage

As you all know, the most important decision a winemaker can make for wine quality and style is when to pick. The 2019 vintage was picked very late in the season on October 29th, giving incredible hangtime. In addition, the grapes had a phenolic maturity closer to old-world styles and a brix level of just 22.9. The resulting Syrah is pure, balanced and refined while still showing its Sierra Highlands beginnings. The aromas are a complex meshing of spice and dark berry and cherry fruit. Aged in neutral oak (and 100% Syrah) there’s only pure Syrah characteristics throughout. The entry on the palate is bold with dense cherry fruit. The mid-palate has the layering in of spice and smoked meat flavors, while the finish lingers once again with the dark cherry fruit. Youthful in its tannin structure, a few more years of cellaring will certainly reward anyone with that kind of patience!

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationEl Dorado
VineyardEstate Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/16/2021
Cases Produced108

The Enyé Vineyards in Pleasant Valley are situated at the 2900-foot elevation, planted on a deep Aiken-loam soil.  Comprised of several clones of Syrah, the vineyards are planted to take advantage of the unique micro-climates afforded this exquisite site.  The Sugar Pine clone is an “in-house” clone of Syrah we acquired many years ago and expanded to one of the largest plantings (2.8 acres) in Northern California.  With a southern slope working into the draw of this vineyard’s ridge, the days are warm and the nights unusually cool.  The other major component of the Enyé Vineyard Syrah is the old Estrella River or Espiguette clone.  North-facing in exposure, the cooler climate of this dry-farmed location produces a large, elliptical berry intense with smoky-spice characters.

Paul Bush, Owner/Winemaker

Madroña Vineyards

Camino, California. 


We are a family-owned and operated winery focusing on terroir-driven, Estate-Grown fruit.

Annual Case Production:  12,000 cases

Planted Acres:  70 acres planted at the 2,850 to 3,000 foot elevation.

Career Background:  Having helped plant the family vineyards as a kid in 1973, I grew up working in our winery what seemed like every day after school. I had no intention of “winding up” in the wine industry and graduated from U.C. Davis in 1989 with a degree in Economics. However, with an interest in traveling abroad, our winery offered a flexible schedule and an opportunity to work with inspiring winemakers such as Mark Foster and Hugh Chappelle. I began managing the vineyards and business in 1991 and making the wines in late 2002.

Biggest Professional Challenge: Balance! Working with my wife, Maggie, we find our greatest challenge is how to be business owners with all of its responsibilities while making the wines, growing the grapes, marketing the brand and raising two daughters. Any given day can be filled with dusting the vineyards at daybreak, acid trials before lunch, working in the tasting room in the afternoon—and then throw in a swim meet or school play for spice.  Undoubtedly, every small, family winery tackles the same aspect of wearing so many hats, but the challenge and excitement is unique to each one.

Varietals that Madroña is Known for:  In total, we grow 27 varieties in our El Dorado vineyards. From within these plantings, however, I believe that Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Riesling and the seven Portuguese varieties (for our New-World Port) are consistently outstanding.

Short Testimonial: I truly can’t imagine doing anything else but growing grapes and enjoying  wine. I believe the terroir of our region is unique with overall cool-climate aspects, peppered with warm summer days and a slightly shorter growing season. So finding the true expression of each variety for our vineyards ends up being an exciting and challenging adventure every vintage. The wines have more backbone and structure than most regions of California while showcasing the intense varietal character of mountain fruit. Most often, I find that the wine knows best in how it should be “made,” and I’m just along for the ride. As we once heard in France, “One does not make wine. One elaborates wine!” And with our Estate-grown grapes, I am quite content to be the “elaborator.”

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