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2016 Les Collines Syrah

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2016 Les Collines Syrah

WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  bing cherry, raspberry, bacon, grilled meat, hot cocoa, hint of spice
TASTES LIKE:  black raspberry, marrionberry, ripe plum, oyster shell
MOUTHFEEL:  round & complex, great structure, elegant & balanced
DRINK WITH:  grilled everything, aged gouda, roast lamb, BBQ ribs
Note: Les Collines is pronounced “lay co lean.”

THE 2016 VINTAGE

2016 was the longest harvest we can remember. It was one of the earliest growing seasons on record, bud-break, bloom and veraison were all the earliest we have ever seen. For Amavi Cellars we started picking in mid-October (just before the rain!). This combination of early and long created the best of both worlds. All in all, 2016 is poised to go down in the books as one of the most perfect growing seasons. April and May were warm and dry with temperatures jumping into the triple digits by early June. This hot start led to a large crop, with larger berries and cluster weights. We managed both the yields and water throughout our vineyards. By mid-summer cooler temperatures arrived and continued through harvest. As things cooled significantly in late August and into September and October, it allowed for long hang times and optimal picking dates. The especially long season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly which helped preserve freshness and elegance in the finished wines. 


VITICULTURE

Within all of our vineyards we dedicate ourselves to being stewards of the land and leaders in the practices of sustainable agriculture. 
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;  71% neutral, 29% new
HARVEST DATES:  9/1 - 9/26/2016
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.6% 
PRODUCTION:  317 cases

2016 Les Collines Syrah