2017 Syrah

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2017 Syrah
2017 Syrah

The growing conditions on the Wahluke Slope produce a Syrah that is spicy, yet rich and complex with dark fruit flavors and aromas, an excellent expression of varietal character.

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Tasting notes

Aromas of dark chocolate lead to an earthy palette of dark fruit and pepper. 

Production notes

Pick decisions are based equally on grape juice chemistry (Brix/pH/TA), as well as flavor and physical maturity of the grapes. Harvested early in the morning, the hand-picked grapes are promptly delivered to the winery for immediate processing. Whole-cluster sorted to remove any material other than grapes (MOG), before being destemmed and lightly crushed into 1-ton fermenters.  Approximately 15% of the Syrah was fermented whole-cluster, adding complexity to the wine.  The must is allowed to rest for 24 hours before inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The must is gently punched-down twice daily to ensure proper phenolic extraction. When fermentation is nearly complete the free-run wine is pumped directly into French and American oak barrels (225L), and French oak puncheons (500L). 85% French, 15% American; 57% new oak, 43% once-filled barrels. Barrel aged 22 months, followed by another year in bottle before release.

Varietal Composition95% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardRiverbend Vineyard, Northridge Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/2019
Cases Produced476
Country of OriginUNITED STATES

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Riverbend Vineyard, Northridge Vineyard

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