Syrah XM

2016Syrah XM

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 previous release of the 2016 vintage that had two years in oak 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.

Syrah XM
Tasting Note

The Syrah XM is the second bottling of our 2016 Reininger Syrah, the difference being two years “XM”, extended maturation in barrel.

First appearance suggests being more muscular and structured but, soon reveals its refined, luscious beauty. Floral fragrances evolved to lilac and lavender with concentrated blueberry. A chewier palate with increased wood tannin soon relaxes into silky, elegant yet powerful fruit flavors. Smokey, over-ripe blueberry, boysenberry, moist-black earth, and steak tartar with hints of thyme and black pepper grace this sensuous wine. 

Technical Information

Blend:
100% Syrah
Vineyards:
Pepper Bridge & Seven Hills
Appellation:
Walla Walla Valley
Cooperage:
100% used French oak
Alcohol:
15.1%
pH:
3.81
Total Acidity:
6.5 g/L
Cases Produced:
115
Bottling Date:
June 2020
Release Date:
November 2020