2017 WW Syrah (Cork), Walla Walla Valley
We live in the land of Pinot Noir, and we love it! We also have the oldest block of Gamay Noir in the Valley, which brings us joy in farming, producing and consuming. But different occasions call for different wines, so when one of our friends in the Walla Walla Valley reached out about trading some of their coveted Syrah for our Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir, we jumped at the chance.
90 PTS “Year’s Best US Syrah List” Wine & Spirits
Vintage Notes 2017
Ah, a classic bone-chilling, damp Oregon winter. That’s the ticket. The vines pushed through in mid-April, only to be followed by a roller coaster of weather — record highs and lows throughout the late spring and summer kept us guessing, and thinning crop as necessary. Huge fires in the Columbia Gorge and Southern Oregon meant delayed maturation due to smoke, leading to higher acidity levels.
Wise decision-making in the vineyard was key to the success of this vintage. Pondering the potential effects of each decision, and good, old-fashioned prognostication go hand-in-hand in years like this. It was possibly the most unusual, thought-provoking vintage to date. We played our cards beautifully, and are thrilled with the results. We know you will be, too.
Purple-garnet plum color for a classic Northwest Syrah, showing chunky but spicy, lean fruit and elegance on the nose; exhibits broad, soft, salty, marionberry, lilac, purple blossom, spice and brambly/tomato leaf aromas; chewy, meaty, BBQ charred, moderately tannic, barrel cedar-caramel-and-spice flavors and impressions make for an interesting, complex palate; the wine has a mid-palate persistence and long finish, is loosely jointed, with firm, slightly dry tannins showing lean rather than lush, against a minor alcohol and classic dusty, almond, reductive Syrah backdrop.
TA: 6.0 g/L
Aged 16 Months in French Oak Barrels
106 cases produced
release date: February 2020
drink: now – 2039 – or longer if you can wait!