2011 Syrah ‘Lagniappe’, Columbia Valley
The 2011 Lagniappe is our second release with Red Willow Vineyard. Each year, we have become more amazing with the fruit from this vineyard. It is simply world class. In terms of style, it’s more Hermitage, while Les Collines is more Cornas-like. The fruit is brighter, crisper, and more red focused. The wine needs time to resolve and integrate. This is what Jeb Dunnuck had to say about the wine:
“A step up in terms of complexity, depth and richness, the 2011 Syrah Lagniappe is Greg’s cooler climate focused Syrah. Coming from the Red Willow, Olsen and SJR Vineyards and fermented with 50% whole cluster, it offers a brilliantly complex bouquet of violets, peppered steak, blackberry, stem and exotic spices along with a medium to full-bodied, focused and balanced mouthfeel. Really stretching out on the finish, it’s an overall classy, elegant Syrah that will age gracefully for 12-15 years. Drink 2016-2026.” Jeb Dunnuck The Wine Advocate (94-96)
In 2011, we blended Red Willow with SJR in the rocks area of Walla Walla and Olsen near Benton City. All should be familiar with both vineyards, as we have bottled MTA wines from each vineyard. However, this is a first appearance for Olsen Syrah in one of our high-end bottlings. In fact, the Olsen Syrah was so good we desperately wanted to do a separate MTA bottling of it. But, unfortunately there wasn’t enough of it and it greatly enhanced the Lagniappe wine. For the past 2 years, we have been begging Leif Olsen for more of this block. If you know Leif, please tell him we need more! (Actually Leif is fantastic. As I write, he is probably planting our head trained Grenache block for us at his property. But tell him more Syrah anyway.) This wine was fermented 50% on stems and aged in a mix of older 225L and 500L puncheons for 18 months.501 cases.
Tasting notes: Nose of pepper, smoked meat, salami, black olive. Bloody. Raspberry and blackberry. Red currant. Firm acid, tightly wound, more open than the 2010 at this time.
|VINEYARDS:||Red Willow (Columbia Valley)SJR (Walla Walla Valley)Olsen Vineyard|
|AGING:||100% French Oak Barrels, 14% New Oak|