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2011 Syrah

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WINEMAKER NOTES

Scents of violets, mixed berries and black plums lead to dusty notes of white pepper and gravelly earth. Full flavors of blueberries, blackberries and dates lead to hints of citrus-marinated smoked meats. Remarkable structure and balance lead to a robust, lingering finish.

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): 47% Les Collines, 33% Seven Hills, 20% Stone Valley
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French oak
11% new; 89% used
Harvest Date(s): October 14 - 24, 2011
Finished Alcohol: 14.3 %
Total Production: 1,991 cases
Bottling Date: December 19, 2012
Release Date: March 1, 2013

 

2011 Syrah

Awards & Accolades
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "Half was whole-cluster fermented, yielding dense scents and flavors with black olive, herb, and a touch of mocha....smooth and detailed, and the tannins firm and polished."
90 Points - Wine Advocate: "Offers up a Northern-Rhone like bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, mineral, violets, and underbrush to go with a soft, supple, and completely delicious palate."
90 Points - Wine Spectator: "Taut, vibrant and distinctive, offering green olive and green tea overtones around a lean core of blackberry and tar. Finishes with snap."