2014 John Lewis Syrah, Walla Walla Valley
As we have stated a few times in the past, we have really changed our view on Syrah and phenolic ripeness. We feel that with Washington’s abundant sunshine, Syrah reaches full phenolic ripeness much earlier than most in the valley. Each vintage we pick Syrah a bit earlier, seeking freshness and elegance, over sweetness and power.
The 2014 John Lewis Syrah is from Les Collines Vineyard Block 46. Picked on September 15th at 22.8 Brix, we fermented the wine 100% whole cluster, 60% coming from our Nomblot concrete tank and 40% from small stainless steel bins. The fermentation lasted 21 days and was fermented by native yeasts. The Syrah was then moved into puncheons to age for 18 months where it was never racked and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“…the 2014 Syrah John Lewis is all from a small parcel in the Les Collines vineyard and is 100% Syrah that’s fermented with 100% whole clusters. It offers lots of pepper and olive notes as well as ripe blackberry and plum fruits, lavender and forest floor notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, nicely concentrated, mouth-filling profile on the palate. It doesn’t have the precision of the Lagniappe, but it has more richness and breadth on the palate. It too should drink nicely for 10-15 years.” Jeb Dunnuck The Wine Advocate (93-95 pts)
|BLEND:||100% Syrah, 100% Whole Cluster Fermentation|
|VINEYARDS:||Les Collines Block 46 (Walla Walla Valley)|
|AGING:||Fermented 60% in Concrete, Aged 18 months in neutral French Puncheons|