For this cool vintage our hillside vines ripened perfectly producing fruit with intense aromas of black cherries, blackberries, and white pepper. The balanced palate overlies a rich and structured frame that integrates around savory smoked meats. This wine will evolve in your cellar for seven to ten years. Pairings include braised leg of lamb with herbs de Provence.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Double Gold Medal, 2014 Great Northwest Wine Invitational
"Winemaker Andrew Wenzl managed the difficult 2010 vintage by crafting this stylish Southern Oregon Syrah. Aromas of a dusty country road and ripe blackberry lead to flavors of black cherry, ripe plum and white pepper. It’s all wrapped in plush tannins that give way to a lengthy, memorable finish."
Double Gold Medal, Wine Press Northwest's 2014 Platinum Judging
Gold Medal, 2014 Oregon Wine Awards
Top 100 Wines of 2014, Great Northwest Wine
Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Excellent, Great Northwest Wine
"Andrew Wenzl and founding winemaker Earl Jones made the call to pick on Oct. 19, and the Syrah was co-fermented with 1% Viognier and includes 4% Tempranillo. The barrel program of all French oak leads, but just a tenth of those are new. It makes for aromas of Marionberry jam, cherry syrup and dark chocolate with accents of bacon, black pepper and cinnamon dust. The bold entry is laden with purple and dark fruit carries length with a nice bit of tannin in the background — perhaps in part because of that inclusion of Temp."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date: 19 October 2010
At harvest: Sugar; 23.6° brix
Varietal Composition: Syrah 94.9%, Viognier 1.3% co-fermented, Tempranillo 3.8%
At bottling: Sugar; nil pH; 3.68 TA; 7.2 g/l
Cooperage: French (100%), 10% new, 70% 2-yr old
Bottling date: 9 August 2012
Alcohol: 13.8% by volume
Case Production: 310 (750 mL)