Syrah

2018Syrah

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 201 vintage received 92 points from Jeb Dunnuck. 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.

Bottle: $54

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Syrah
Tasting Note

Syrah vines are unique. They do not cease photosynthesis in extreme heat when all other varieties do. Under these conditions, Syrah advances the ripening process when other varieties do not. This phenomenon resulted in an unusual event: the 2018 Syrah from Seven Hills Vineyard was harvested prior to Merlot.

Chalky, baked fruit aromas leap from the glass—blueberry, boysenberry, overly ripe peach and plum. Lilacs and violets accompany the rush while pinches of dry tobacco leaf and loam are slow to the party. At first, the palate is a bit chewy while holding hands with fine, soft tannins. Flavorful blueberry skips side-by-side with blackberry jam and black plum with orange peel running behind while the little ones, bacon and black licorice, powdered in earth, play on the side. – Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

 

Technical Information

Blend:
100% Syrah
Vineyards:
Pepper Bridge & Seven Hills
Appellation:
Walla Walla Valley
Cooperage:
100% used French oak
Alcohol:
14.8%
pH:
3.88
Total Acidity:
6.2 g/L
Cases Produced:
302
Bottled:
June 2020
Released:
May 2021