2015 Lagniappe Syrah
Sauer Family. Red Willow Vineyard. 2015 vintage. Mic drop…
Jeb Dunnuck 98 pts
“Always one of my favorite releases from this estate, the 2015 Syrah Lagniappe is 100% Syrah (mostly from the Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima, with 5% from the Forgotten Hills Vineyard just south of Walla Walla). Deep ruby/plum-colored and loaded with Côte Rôtie-like (Côte Blonde?) notes of black raspberries, tapenade, and crushed flowers, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, seamless, and silky on the palate, with incredible finesse and elegance. It’s going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and knock your socks off over the following decade or more. It’s unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage.”
I don’t know what more to say. We are ecstatic about the reviews for this wine. I can’t say we did anything different with the Lagniappe this year, except picking a bit lower Brix in 2015 than previous years. The wine is 13.7 alcohol. (What is ripeness? Discuss.) As always, the wine is fermented around 100% whole cluster, fermented in concrete for 21ish days and aged in neutral 500-liter puncheons.
The 2015 is technically a single vineyard Red Willow bottling. American AVA law allows 5% of other vineyards in a blend to be labeled single vineyard. Starting in 2016, Lagniappe will always be a single vineyard bottling, as will most of our Rhône wines.
Is this the best Lagniappe to date? Honestly, I am not sure. Right now, I think the 2010 is our best. But its oh so close. The 2010 may be a bit more aromatically complex, but the 2015 has more mid-palate power. Both are stunning wines. I can’t wait to taste both side by side in five years, ten years, twenty years. Who wants to come to those parties?
Tasting notes: Black olive, Asian spice, red flowers, red currant, garrigue, black pepper, salumi, super aromatic. Explodes on the mid palate, a bit more blue fruit on the palate. Firm acidity and medium plus tannins. This will age for a long time and improve for many, many years. Perhaps our best Lagniappe to date.
|VINEYARDS:||Red Willow, Forgotten Hills,|
|AGING:||98% on Stems and aged 500L puncheons for 18 months|