BAKER LANE VINEYARDS
7361 Baker Lane
Sebastopol CA 95472
Stephen Singer thrives in the convergence between the serendipitous and the technical, San Francisco thus being a natural and fortuitous city in which to land. After years as a wine educator and consultant in the city and wine director of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, he changed gears and moved to Sebastopol to try his hand at the other side of the business; a natural progression for whom one’s life has been dedicated to the art of wine. With a love for the wild and transparent nature of Syrah and a penchant for pairing food and wine, Singer planted the Rhone variety with the aim of making site expressive, food-friendly wines.
In a cool, hidden valley just a stone’s throw from the Gravenstein Highway lies Singer’s home vineyard. The gently sloped hillside is planted to Syrah and Viognier, as well as rows of olive trees and the remnants of an apple orchard, a common relic given the fruit’s prominence in the area. Though not certified, the farming practices are beyond organic, employing an assiduous agricultural regimen in order to avoid any chemical shortcuts.
The Syrah Rosé 2016 has a pleasing weight and texture that is sustained throughout the palate. The Estate Vineyard Syrah 2012 delivers berries, figs, and plums offset by green peppercorns, potpourri, and an undercurrent of dark chocolate.
TASTING ROOM Walk-ins welcome.
MAILING LIST Currently open.
WINERY TOURS n/a.
PRIVATE EVENTS Yes.
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Images via Elisabeth Fiorello-Sievers