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Columbia Valley Syrah 2008

Silver Medal at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2013
VINEYARD

Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Yield: 2 tons per acre average
Vine age: 13 years average, irrigated

PRODUCTION
114 cases of 750 ml

HARVEST
Harvest date: October 7th, 2008
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 24 months in 50% new. Bottled unfined and filtered.

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 a richly flavored wine with dark, even black plum and berry fruit, with hints of sweet incense, dried tobacco, and clean, loamy earth. The finish is long, with sweet milk chocolate, and its elegant tannin and acid structure promises a long window of enjoyment.