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Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Syrah, Walla Walla Valley Wine Details
Price: $26.00 per bottle

Description: Essentially a single-vineyard, 100% Syrah from Dwelley Vineyard, a mid-altitude, south-facing slope on very deep silt-loam soils. 2004 was amongst the warmest of vintages, and as with all our wines, the grapes were hand-picked; harvest weather was dry and hot. The aroma is of oine, gamey characters and black cherry. Smoky Syrah notes dominate the palate, with ripe black fruits, pepper and vanilla accents. There's a gentle balance with softness and polish encouraging early drinking. Bottled in April, 2006 after aging in out cellars for 18 months in primarily French oak (close to 30% new}. Will benefit from medium-term cellaring, gaining additional integration and flavour development over 12-18 months.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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