After gentle hand-harvesting in October, the Syrah grapes for this wine were destemmed at the winery. Fermentation occurred at 80°F in small-lot, 1.5-ton stainless steel tanks. During fermentation, punch-downs were used for tender extraction of color and flavor. Malolactic fermentation was completed to create a round mouthfeel. All lots were barrel aged in 225-liter barrels for 15 months in a combination of 60% French and 40% American oak barrels, 15% of which were new.
Crafted from Syrah grapes grown on the esteemed Red Willow Vineyard, this wine is fruit-driven with aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cherry. Syrah is typically the darkest red wine because of the grape’s thick skins and pigment, which translate to deep, concentrated flavors. The elegant, smooth palate offers berry fruit flavors that are complemented by notes of spice and pepper, leading to a long, lingering finish.
Varietal Content: 99% Syrah, 1% Viognier
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Alcohol Content: 13.9%