A brooding, tightly wound wine in its youth, 2020 Signature Syrah displays charcuterie and dark plum aromas on the nose, with a whiff of vanilla flower. Incredibly generous on the palate, with persistent fruit front to back, the wine has just enough restraint from herbal nuances to balance. Vibrant acidity, fennel seed, fresh thyme and dried lavender add lift and complexity. A touch of cocoa and tannin that builds with subsequent tastes show cellaring this gem will offer improvement.
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— James Suckling
A sleek and savory syrah with aromas of black cherries, blackberries, licorice, grilled herbs and black olives. It’s full-bodied with silky tannins and a caressing core of dark fruit. Delicious spice and saline undertones, with persistency. 99% syrah and 1% viognier, co-fermented. Drink or hold. – James Suckling
Lamb Sliders — Pair Syrah with grilled meats, vegetables, wild game, stews and chilis. Marbled cuts of beef (Grilled New York or Ribeye Steak) stand up to the flavors of Syrah.
Behind the Wine
2020 Signature Syrah
Nowhere on earth does the venerable Syrah grapevine feel more at home than in the arid and sun-drenched Yakima Valley of Washington State. Both the sandy loam soils and cool nights contribute to crafting a wine with incredible generosity of flavors and spices, qualities that elevate Syrah into an unparalleled category. We choose to co-ferment Syrah (98%) with Viognier (2%), adding another dimension of citrus and floral spices to the bouquet. Given the full character of this wine, the French oak barrels take a modest role in the background of our Signature Syrah.