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Agate Ridge

Agate Ridge 2012 Syrah

Think globally, make wine locally

If you’re looking to make world-class wine, start by exploring what the world has to offer.

For Kim Kinderman, it all started in Sonoma County, California, where the closest she got to a winery was providing steel to many Sonoma County wineries as part of her family’s steel business. But while abroad in Germany, she raised her daughters and dreamed of coming home to the USA to start a winery.

Before long, she got her change. She located in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley because of the climate and the access to affordable high quality farm land. Her daughter, Ashley, caught the wine bug too and helped her mom plant the vines.

But looking for that global experience, Ashley traveled to work at a winery in Australia – where she met a fellow, Matt, who shared her passion for wine. Married, they moved to the Ribera del Duero in Spain to work at a prestigious Spanish winery. And from there, New Zealand, to work at the Kim Crawford Winery and Dryland’s Winery in Marlborough.

Now, they’re back at Agate Ridge to work with Kim. Matt is the winemaker, Ashley manages sales. And yes, it really is world-class.

Agate Ridge

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Agate Ridge, Eagle Point, Oregon
2012 Syrah

This Syrah is a wonderfully pure expression of Southern Oregon’s unique terroir. The Agate Ridge Vineyard is planted in, and named for, the Agate Desert – a 53-acre prairie loaded with agate, petrified wood, jasper and more.

Visit their tasting room and you’ll see what I mean! Boxes and bins and bags full of agate rocks line their tasting room and Ashley swears her mom made her pick up each one! These unique volcanic, clay, and loam soils add a striking minerality to their wines.

This wine is smooth and elegant with refined tannins and dark red fruit. Lusher than the Willamette Valley Syrah due to Southern Oregon’s warmer temperatures, the soils on the Agate Ridge Vineyard site provide a unique undertone of minerality. It was aged for 18 months in neutral French oak.

A Cellar 503 selection in March 2018, Battle of the Varietals Rogue Valley | Syrah