SMELLS LIKE: dark rose petal, black cherry gelato, fresh ground nutmeg
TASTES LIKE: elegant black fruit, wet river rock, hint of sweet brine
MOUTHFEEL: balanced & complex front to back, full of beautiful tannins
DRINK WITH: baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, burgers - anything grilled
THE 2017 VINTAGE
We rang in 2017 with three arctic fronts that brought temperatures down to -10 in the coldest areas. This was followed by a cool, wet spring that pushed bud break back by two weeks. We opened our canopies early to allow additional sunlight and promote growth. Early summer was very warm, which accelerated the season and pushed ripening back on track. During the heat spikes in August we had a very slight haze that kept us from hitting the triple digits.
As we rolled into harvest, the winds changed and our skies cleared. The weather in Walla Walla was ideal, with our usual long warm days and wonderfully cool evenings. "The result was another amazing vintage with nice yields of bold fruit with great acidity," says Winemaker and Partner Jean-François Pellet.
100% estate, sustainably farmed
Founding member of VINEA
VARIETALS: 85% Syrah, 15% Grenache
ESTATE VINEYARDS: 31% Seven Hills, 23% Les Collines, 21% Stone Valley, 14% Summit View, 11% Pepper Bridge
APPELLATION: 100% Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM: 100% French; 14% New, 86% Neutral; 40% 500L puncheon
HARVEST DATES: 9/15 - 10/18/2017
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.5%
PRODUCTION: 1,550 cases