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2016 Les Collines Syrah

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2016 Les Collines Syrah


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.”


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. 


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.


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
PRODUCTION:  317 cases

2016 Les Collines Syrah

92 Points
Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Les Collines Syrah sports a saturated purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of blueberries, black pepper, smoke and gamey, tapenade-like's an impressive wine. The releases from Amavi Cellars continue to represent terrific values. -JD 4/2019"