2017 WW Syrah (Cork), Walla Walla Valley
90 pts “Year’s Best US Syrah” Wine & Spirits
Scents of anise and cherry juice presage this wine’s bright red fruit. It’s pure and lifted, with a fine, tangy sweetness; for a plate of mild pork sausages. (106 cases) —P.J.C.
Ah, a classic bone-chilling, damp Oregon winter. That’s the ticket. The vines pushed through in mid- April, only to be followed by a roller coaster of weather – record highs and lows throughout the late spring and summer kept us guessing, and thinning crop as necessary. Huge fires in the Columbia Gorge and Southern Oregon meant delayed maturation due to smoke, leading to higher acidity levels.
Wise decision-making in the vineyard was key to the success of this vintage. Pondering the potential effects of each decision, and good, old-fashioned prognostication go hand-in-hand in years like this. It was possibly the most unusual, thought-provoking vintage to date. We played our cards beautifully, and are thrilled with the results. We know you will be, too.
Purple-garnet plum color for a classic Northwest Syrah, showing chunky but spicy, lean fruit and elegance on the nose; exhibits broad, soft, salty, marionberry, lilac, purple blossom, spice and brambly/tomato leaf aromas; chewy, meaty, BBQ charred, moderately tannic, barrel cedar-caramel-and- spice flavors and impressions make for an interesting, complex palate; the wine has a mid- palate persistence and long finish, is loosely jointed, with firm, slightly dry tannins showing lean rather than lush, against a minor alcohol and classic dusty, almond, reductive Syrah backdrop.
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