91—Wine Spectator / May 31, 2012 More
100 Best Bottles of Washington Wine- 93 points/ #22—Seattle Met Magazine / August 2012 More
—Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine / October 9, 2012 More
Double Gold—Wine Press Northwest / December 2012 More
Blend: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: 100% Francisca’s Vineyard Walla Walla
Aging: 14 months 57% new oak; 57% French and 43% American
Cases Produced: 150 cases unfined and unfiltered
Tasting Notes: This single vineyard Syrah shines in our line up of Syrahs. With it’s soft andelegant mouthfeel, it showcases Walla Walla terroir. Inky in color, with concentrated notes of sweet earth, dark ripe fruits and distinct minerality on the nose. Smooth and effortless on the palate, the hints of earth, dark fruits, game and sweet oak make this wine interesting and complex. We have to point out that the silky finish lasts and lasts. We find it difficult to put down the glass...
Winemaking Notes: As always at Francisca’s Vineyard the ability to hang the fruit until the end of the season makes for highly
concentrated flavors and ripe tannins! The grapes are gently popped open for extraction purposes, cold soaked and fermented at lower temperatures to retain the feel of the vineyard. The wine post macerated on the skins until the extraction is complete and then gently bled off to barrels for malolactic fermentation. No pressure is ever applied to any of our wines!
Our favorite foods with this wine are slow roasted brisket or lamb with light seasoning and grilled veggies.