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2015 Les Collines Syrah

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2015 Les Collines Syrah

WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  red fruit, sweet soy, oyster shell, hint of toasted almond, orange peel
TASTES LIKE:  blackberry, Bing cherry, currant, sweet fig, 
warm forest floor
MOUTHFEEL:  juicy, round and muscular, complex in structure, elegant soft finish
DRINK WITH:  pulled pork, grilled rib eye, Chile Verde, shepherd's pie, lentil soup

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

THE 2015 VINTAGE

The 2015 growing season was the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley, averaging almost four degrees above normal.  The last week of June had the highest temperatures we’ve seen in that month!  The record-breaking heat gave way to cooler days and nights around veraison, allowing the fruit to develop perfectly.  The last week of August brought harvest: our earliest ever.

As we entered 2016, the good news was a parade of storms over the Cascade Mountains that dumped enough snow to significantly curb drought conditions that had concerned the region. In one month, the amount of snow that fell was greater than what we got in all of the winter of 2015. 

Wines of the 2015 vintage are richly structured, showcasing ripe fruit and floral characteristics. 


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;  69% neutral, 31% new
HARVEST DATES:  9/3 - 9/7/2015
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.6% 
PRODUCTION:  327 cases

2015 Les Collines Syrah