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2010 Les Collines Syrah

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Winemaker Notes

This wine is a profound expression of the terroir of Les Collines Vineyard, intriguing for its harmony and complexity. Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and clove overlay hints of dusty violets and grilled meat. Hints of white pepper, sea salt, sage, and olive mingle with ripe mixed berries. A powerful yet smooth mouthfeel leads to a lengthy finish.

Note: Les Collines is pronounced “lay co lean.”

The 2010 Vintage

Bud break started more than two weeks early at the beginning of April. Then the weather cooled down significantly, and we were two weeks behind typical growing patterns by mid-June. Due to the poor weather during bloom, berry counts per cluster were reduced significantly, which meant a very small crop. Whereas we usually target anywhere from 2.5 to 3 tons per acre, we ended up anywhere from 1.25 to 2 tons per acre. This surprised us as a blessing. Despite the cool summer (only two days above 100 degrees), we were able to ripen each block perfectly. Wines of the 2010 vintage show vibrant flavors, bright acidity and exceptional balance.

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s): 100% Syrah
Vineyard(s): 100% Les Collines
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French oak; 14% new, 86% used
Harvest Date(s): October 4-28, 2010
Finished Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Total Production: 355 cases
Bottling Date(s): February 16, 2012
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Price: $35.00

2010 Les Collines Syrah

Awards and Accolades
Wine Advocate: "93 Points - The 2010 Les Collines Syrah is a brilliant Syrah! Already approachable given its fruit and overall balance, it will continue to shine for upwards of a decade."
Wine Enthusiast: "93 Points"
Wine & Spirits: "93 Points"