2008 Syrah $58 (Sold Out) (108 cases produced)

2008 Syrah  $58 (Sold Out)

Philosophy

A complicated variety and at the same time a very simple one. Syrah is one of the most forgiving varieties that could possibly be made, it helps you with forward aromatics that almost border on over the top. It has incredible color in most parts of the world that it is made and an almost equal amount of viscosity and texture to smooth any rough edges. In Washington, Syrah is a variety that seemingly everyone makes as it is widely planted, grows well in an assortment of conditions and shows its terrior extremely well, if winemaking is without intervention. So with such competitive conditions to make a wine in, we feel we have struck the right balance of ripe hedonistic fruit with the more primal tones of smoke, meat and earth. We chose our vineyards to be parts of a blend not to stand on their own. Each source providing just the right ingredient to compliment but not overwhelm the others, a wine to emphasize texture and depth over power.

Tasting Notes

A still nose of clove, mild orange zest and baking spice, intertwined with plums and currants. A quick swirl releases a wealth of blackberry and cassis, rich and ripe yet polished. The nose overwhelms with regal, sophisticated fruit. The palate exhibits a luxurious, creamy texture that is both elegant and superbly balanced. Traces of smoked meat and citrus zest complement the exceptional acidity, keeping the wine from becoming overbearing and leading to an incredibly long finish. A testament to texture, balance and refinement.

This wine was tasted using the Riedel Vinum Shiraz/Syrah glass.

Drinkability

 

Allow the bottle to warm to slightly below room temperature before opening. Pour the wine into a decanter and swirl mildly every 15 minutes over a period of 45 minutes to an hour.

Your glassware should be tall and slightly narrower than a usual Cabernet glass. The ideal glass is the Riedel Vinum series Shiraz/Syrah, to provide plenty of aromatic volume with the narrower profile for aromatic focus. 7/1/2011-12/1/2011

The wine will be tasted, and the drinkability will be updated every six months.