(2006 Vintage) The first whiff of this wine brings on aromatics of blue berry preserves and black berries, followed by scents of violets, rosemary and sage. The nose finishes with smoked game. On the pallet, balanced acidity gives way to velvety tannins and a smooth finish.
Notes: The first whiff of this wine reveals aromas of coco butter and bacon fat transforming into dried cherries finishing with salt brine. On the palate there is tantalizing acidity evolving into a rich round mouth feel that finishes with milk-chocolate. 750 ml, 1.5 liter magnum. 2007 Les Collines Syrah Spice • Cocoa Butter • Bacon Fat • Dried Cherries Alc. 14.4% by Vol. Blend 95% Syrah, 5% Grenache Growing Season The 2007 growing season started with one of the coolest springs on record. Bud break was late all over the state. As spring transitioned into summer our temperatures remained mild. Fortunately we had a nice long Indian summer allowing for longer hang time, developing complexity and fully mature grapes. Vineyards We source our Syrah grapes from Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. Les Collines, French for “the hills”, sits nestled against the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The winters are cold and the summers hot and drenched with sun making this a location ideal for producing quality fruit with striking aromas and complex flavors. The Syrah grapes sourced from this vineyard are exceptional. The fruit, once vinified, expresses characteristics of ripe wild berries and smoked game, with a mouth-feel that is velvety and soft. The five percent Grenache that made its way into our Les Collines Syrah hails from Lonesome Spring Ranch between Benton City and Prosser. This exceptional vineyard produces limited quantities of high quality, ripe fruit with balanced acidity. Vinification Our 2007 Syrah was fermented in multiple lots. Some lots were whole berry fermented, while others had stems added back in to the fermentation to increase the tannin structure in the wine. Post fermentation the wines underwent extended skin contact to soften tannins and promote mouth feel. This wine was aged for 16 months in oak barrels before bottling. Barrel composition 75% Neutral French Oak, 12.5% New French Oak, 12.5% New American Oak. Tasting Notes The first whiff of this wine reveals aromas of coco butter and bacon fat transforming into dried cherries finishing with a salt brine. On the palate there is tantalizing acidity evolving into a rich round mouth feel that finishes with milk chocolate. 91pts. Wine Enthusiast, March 2010 Cases Produced: 383 Magnums Produced: 48 Release Date: Spring 2009
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. Exotic, savory, even a bit feral, this complex wine leads with scents of smoked ham, green olives and white pepper, its fruit scents touching on carob and plum. Texturally it's gentle, the plum and black fig flavors cleanly rendered and accented by mocha and dried meat, with a finish of beguiling sweetness that hints at wild honey.