2018 Gravitas Estate Syrah
"Flawless from start to finish, it opens with pretty, floral aromatics of violets and rose petals, and carries a round, velvety fullness with beautifully integrated tannins. There’s plenty of purple, black, and jammy red raspberry fruit, decidedly Washington/New World in nature, but complementary rather than overwhelming on all fronts. Beneath the opening layers you’ll find nuances of cinnamon, clove, butterscotch, and vanilla bean that reveal themselves as the wine opens up."
– Dan Ridal, President, Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation
93% Syrah (clone 470 and Joseph Phelps 50% ea.), co-fermented with 7% Viognier
Date Harvested: October 2, 2018
Brix: 24.5, pH: 4.0, T.A.: 5.5 g/l
Fermentation Style: neutral, open-topped French oak barrels
Days on Skins: 15
Yeast: Premier Cuvee (Red Star)
Nutrients: DAP, Fermaid K
ML Strain: PN4
Aging Protocol: 70% Medium + Toaste, on French oak for 19 months
Bottled: June 30, 2018
Amongst a flight of Washington Syrah's, this wine stood out as different from the pack. While most appreciate the typical robust blueberry juiciness from Syrah, this wine takes a left turn and heads somewhere thru the Rhone Valley of France, where the wine has more savory and herbal elements and isn't quite as concentrated. Instead it has nice balance, has just enough bright acid to keep it light on it's feet but not light in color or flavor. Fermented in neutral, open-topped French Oak barrels along with 7% Viognier, then aged gracefully for 19 months in French Oak. An intriguing style amongst the backdrop of many jammy Washington Syrah’s.
90 Points in the $25-$35 Category - The Wine Panel
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