- 97% Syrah
- 3% Viognier (used for co-fermentation)
Aging: 16 months in 33% new French oak, and 66% second use French oak
Vintage Notes: 2020 was a relatively warm year for Washington State with a significantly smaller crop than average. A freeze in the autumn of 2019 and some severe weather events in May 2020 impacted buds and fruit set which led to fewer and smaller clusters and berries. What we did not have in quantity certainly gave way to quality. Warm temperatures and sunshine in September and October allowed the berries to slowly develop sugars and flavors while maintaining acidity. Overall, a spectacular vintage showcasing aromatics and concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Notes: This intensely-colored wine is reminiscent of a warm stew on the nose with blended notes of dried rosemary, bay leaf and black pepper. In the mouth it is full bodied with a long finish. Flavors of blackberry and bramble, smokey meats and a hint of pepper make this a wine to be savored. It is suitable to drink now and will continue to develop in the bottle.
Recommended Food Pairings:
- An easy match with all types and preparations of red meats including roasted lamb, grilled duck breast, sausages, steaks or braised dishes including osso bucco
- Rich vegetable dishes such as eggplant, lasagna, lentils or French onion soup; anything prepared with garlic or fragrant herbs
- Charcuterie, cheeses and black olives
- Dark chocolate cake