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2016 Syrah

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Tasting Notes

This dark, concentrated Syrah possesses flavors of dark berry, clove, and white pepper coating the palate with a plush round mouthfeel and leading to silky, smooth tannins on the finish.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2016 Vintage had a very early start with bud break in the vineyard about two weeks ahead of 2015 (the warmest vintage on record). A very mild and warm end to winter plus an exceptionally warm spring, lead to faster and earlier growth in the vineyards. This allowed our farmers to achieve better canopy management and adjust crop size earlier on in the growing season. Once the summer months were upon us, we quickly thought we could surpass 2015 as the warmest growing season ever. 2016 calmed down a bit in late July and early August returning to more moderate eastern Washington Temperatures. With a warm but not hot August days and cool nights, the white wine varietals flourished. Most white wine varietals in the state experienced some of the earliest harvest dates on record. These warm days and cool nights allowed for these varietals to achieve optimal ripeness and balanced acidity. These wines should show fresh, ripe and rounded fruit with beautifully balanced acidity for years to come.

Washington State did experience a slight phenomenon in 2016 with a cooler than average start to autumn. Temperatures from late September through middle of October were a bit below average and precipitation was higher as well. This slowed down the rapid ripening rate we were seeing and it really helped. It allowed us to have the fruit spend more time on the vines and for the fruit to achieve exceptional ripeness without the worry of having higher alcohols. The acidity will be more noticeable in 2016 but the extended hang time the fruit had in the vineyards, plus the extraction protocols in the cellar, make these wines very balanced with lush tannins. The wines made in 2016 will be emblematic of a warm vintage with trademark characteristics of a cooler finish to the 2016 harvest.

Food Pairing

Rib-Eye Steak au Poivre
Leg of Lamb Shawarma
Cider-Maple Pork Chops with Woodland Bitters Compote
Edam or Parmesan

  • Varietal Composition: Syrah
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 750 case
  • Alcohol: 14.1
  • pH: 3.81
  • Acidity: 5.8
  • Ageability: Now through 2030

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