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2014 Les Collines Syrah

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WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  currants, black pepper, cured meat
TASTES LIKE:  dark cherry, fig, black olive, bramble
MOUTHFEEL:  powerful tannin, rich, balanced structure
DRINK WITH:  steak, cassoulet, grilled portobello mushrooms

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

THE 2014 VINTAGE

The weather of 2014 was close to ideal for grape growing. Spring was quite temperate, and as is typical in the Walla Walla Valley, bud break occurred in mid-April. Summer was the warmest on record! The warm days continued into fall and were coupled with cool nights, allowing for the perfect development of our trademark acidity. The wines of this vintage are beautifully structured, ripe, and expressive.


VITICULTURE

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


WINE SPECIFICS

VARIETALS: 100% Syrah
VINEYARDS:  100% Les Collines
APPELLATION: Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM:  100% French; 75% neutral, 25% new
HARVEST DATES: 9/19 - 10/2/2014
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.6% 
PRODUCTION: 377 cases

2014 Les Collines Syrah

Awards & Accolades
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of crushed violets, dried herb, smoked meat and plum lead to focused, pure Marionberry flavors. The concentration and texture are impressive, as is the balance."
91 Points, The Wine Advocate: "...notes of blackberries, olives, crushed violets and damp earth in a rich, medium-bodied, fresh and lively style..."
Outstanding! Great Northwest Wine: "Rich aromas of brownie mix and black cherry with blueberries and moist earth. There's pleasing grip on the palate as Marionberry and cola flavors are joined by a nip of blueberry seed."