The following is a general overview of the wines grown and produced at Sky Vineyards.
Sky has been making 100% estate grown and estate bottled zinfandel since the late 1970s. Our first commercial release was 1981. Sky Zinfandel is grown atop Mt. Veeder, 2100 feet above sea level on eastern facing hills. The volcanic soil, warm days, and fog chilled nights create an ideal environment for cultivating a unique Zinfandel. Our zinfandel is a blend of our old vines (planted in 1974) and our more recent planting (2000).
In 2000 we planted one hectare (2.47 acres) of Syrah. We planted three French clones, 877 174 and 470 plus one Australian clone, Shiraz 7. Our syrah is cultivated with the same sustainable practices we employ with our Zinfandel vines, and crushed and vinified in small batches.
We were inspired to try Syrah up at Sky for several reasons. It is a favorite varietal of the Sky Crew. We are huge fans of Syrah grown in the Northern Rhone and South Australia (perhaps reflected in our clone choices). We also liked a number of locally produced Syrahs so we figured that the unique terrain and climate at Sky would be well-suited to this variety. As one of our favorite French winemakers says, Syrah likes a good view. The view from the Syrah parcels at Sky is hard to beat and we believe this is reflected in our wines.
After talking for years on end about trying to make a rose, we finally got our act together in 2008 and made a small batch of rose from old Zinfandel vines that we were about to retire. The Sky crew enjoyed consuming the rose so much that we have made small amounts of rose each year since then. Most recently, our rose is 100% syrah. Rose will be a year-by-year decision and the quantities are low. 2014 was the most recent vintage of rose.
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