2012 Syrah, Les Collines
Gold, 2015 Seattle Wine Awards
Walla Walla Valley
17 months in 44% new French oak
Rich with aromas of blackberry and marionberry throughout and finishes with a smooth, minerality on the palate.
Gold, 2015 Seattle Wine Awards; Gold, 2015 Wine Press Northwest Best of the Best
Sourced from the award-winning Les Collines Vineyard in Washington state’s Walla Walla Valley AVA. Located in Walla Walla Valley, Les Collines is one of the most advanced vineyards in Washington state. The vineyard uses a computer controlled wireless irrigation system, chemical alternatives (such as compost tea), and minimal input farming techniques. Les Collines is also certified as a Salmon-Safe vineyard by the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC).
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with the grower and visited the vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. This single vineyard lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness in about 21 days. Only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was used in the making of this wine. The wine was barrel aged 17 months as a single wine in new French oak. For the first year this wine was stirred in barrel on its lees and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months, the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before bottling.
Cases Produced: 547