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2011 Les Collines Syrah

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Winemaker Notes

From nose to finish, this wine takes you on a well-rounded journey. Floral elements of violet and lavender combine with a bright note of orange zest and salty olives, complementing the fruits beautifully. Notes of plum, blackberry, and blueberry are cut with a crisp minerality and a subtle note of white pepper. Brooding and intricate, the 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah is a shining example of the complexity this vineyard’s terroir imparts on the fruit grown here.
—Jean-François Pellet, Winemaker
Note: Les Collines is pronounced “lay co lean.”

THE 2011 VINTAGE

From beginning to end, this was a cool year. The Walla Walla Valley experienced no 100-degree days for the first time in well over a decade. Despite the cooler weather, our vineyards were still able to reach full ripening, with harvest occurring approximately three weeks late. The longer hang time led to layered, nuanced flavors with vibrancy and natural balance.


VITICULTURE

100% estate, sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.


WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s): 100% Syrah
Vineyard(s): 100% Les Collines
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French oak;
18% new, 82% used
Harvest Date(s): October 14 - 24, 2011
Finished Alcohol: 14.3% 
Total Production: 370 cases
Bottling Date(s): February 14, 2013
Release Date: November 8, 2013

2011 Les Collines Syrah

Awards & Accolades
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "Cellar Selection. Sourced from one of the oldest blocks in the vineyard, this is a melange of fruit...dotted with pepper and hints of brine and espresso. Young and compact, but complex and fascinating..."
90 Points - Wine Advocate: "has loads of blackberry, pepper, earth and underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, firm, focused profile on the palate. It's nicely balanced, has good acidity and enough depth and richness to allow it to drink nicely through 2021."
Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines: "19/20 Points. The black and blue flavors show admirable varietal purity, intermixed with black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, French roast, mocha, and Les Collines' loess minerals."