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Columbia Valley Syrah 2006

VINEYARD

Appellation: Columbia Valley
Yield: 2 tons per acre average
Vine age: 11 years average, irrigated

PRODUCTION
114 cases of 750 ml

HARVEST
Harvest date: October 2nd of 2006
Harvest Brix: 25.5 average

WINEMAKING
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed. Fermented in small open top stainless steel fermenters and T-Bins. Cap manually punched down two to three times a day during fermentation. 3 days cold soak and 9 days total cuvaison average. Aged an average of 22 months in 60% new French and Hungarian oak barrels from Tonnellerie Saint Martin and Balazs. Bottled unfined and filtered on August of 2008. Released in August of 2009.

WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
This complex yet elegant Syrah comes from the renowned Boushey Vineyard in the cool upper Yakima Valley (900-1200 feet) of Eastern Washington State. The owner, Dick Boushey, is one of the most reputable growers in Washington State, serving for years as a leader in Washington’s wine industry.
It is richly flavored with dark, even black plum and berry fruit, with hints of sweet incense, dried tobacco, and smoked meats. The finish is long, with generous chocolate, and ample tannin and acidic structure to maintain excellent balance.