Pepper Bridge & Seven Hills
We’ve been making Walla Walla Syrah since 1999. For our REININGER label, we currently source Syrah from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills Vineyards.
The 2016 vintage received 92 points from Jeb Dunnuck, 91 points from Wine Advocate and received a Gold Medal & 95 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards. This vintage had a very similar profile to our award-winning 2013 vintage that scored 95 points from Decanter and was named the “Best USA Red Rhone Varietal” at the Decanter 2017 World Wine Awards.
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2017 began with cool temperatures followed by a warm hot summer which together produced small berries and average yields. Like Spring, September rolled in with cool weather preserving the acidity. Unlike other grapes, Syrah does not shut down in hot temperatures therefore its harvest was a little early despite the spring.
Floral violet scents with muscular blueberry, stone fruit and wet-loamy earth fill the top of the glass. Velvety-fine tannins and moderate acidity bring a sumptuous texture and weightiness with intense flavors of reduced blueberries and black currant, overripe peach, tapenade, loam and a touch of lightly smoked carpaccio. – Chuck Reininger, Winemaker