ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 100% Syrah
• pH: 3.94
• TA: 0.47g / 100 ml
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• AGING: 24 months in French & American Oak
• PRODUCTION: 2,300 cases


Vintage

The 2006 vintage was yet another year of perfect grape growing weather in Washington State. After a wetter than normal spring, a long, hot summer blossomed, decreasing the quantity harvested, but increasing the quality. Autumn was ideal with dry and warm conditions, making harvest pleasant and flavors perfect.


Winemaking

The 2006 Estate Grown Syrah was harvested at peak ripeness and gently crushed into open top tanks. During the de-stemming process a portion of the berries were left whole. The must was allowed to “cold soak” for up to 48 hours prior to the addition of cultured yeast. This process creates darker colors and enhances the ripeness of flavors. After fermentation was completed, the finished wine was drawn off and the skins were pressed. The entire vintage was aged in small French and American oak barrels.


Winemaker Comments

This Syrah opens with aromas of olive, cocoa powder, and tea with hints of lavender floating in the distance. As the wine evolves in the glass, layers of fig and anise mix seamlessly with blueberries and cassis. A soft entry with firm tannins, one is greeted by flavors and cranberry and currants framed by black licorice. A lingering finish makes this a perfect dinner wine for grilled meats and braised vegetables.