2014 River Beauty Syrah

2014 River Beauty Syrah
2014 River Beauty Syrah
60% Dutchman Vineyard Syrah
40% Olsen Ranch clone 877 Syrah

The River Beauty is a smooth textured Syrah that reflects our evolving winemaking style of using whole cluster fermentation and different clones.  Each clone has different cluster shapes, flavors, and each ripen differently which bring varying flavors to this wine.

Tasting notes

The River Beauty has an inky red-black hue and aromas of white pepper, cranberry, blueberry, earth and gravel.  Supple and light texture but with focus and intensity.  The Syrah has light floral flavors intermingled with blackberries and cranberries.  The tannins are soft however the acidity carries the Syrah long into the finish.  The whole cluster fermentation softens and focuses the texure of the Syrah while adding length.  Enjoy through 2028.

Production notes

We picked 6.7 tons of Dutchman Syrah on October 13 and 2.7 tons of Olsen Ranch Vineyard Syrah on October 23.  Dutchman Vineyard was planted in 1991 and is the 2nd oldest block of Syrah in Washington.  Olsen Ranch Syrah is clone 877 and was planted in 2009.  Clone 877 is highly sought by winemakers because of it's reputation for producing outstanding Syrah in France.

All the grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted to remove less than perfect clusters and material other than grapes. 80% of the clusters were destemmed and we dumped in 20% whole clusters into the fermentation bins. Partial whole cluster fermentation makes the resulting Syrah more elegant and balanced.

Both lots of Syrah were cold soaked for 4 days prior to the native yeasts started the fermentation. The fermentation cap was punched down three times daily until pressing. Only the free run wine was retained for the River Beauty.  The Syrah’s were aged in 100% Burgundy French Oak barrels (30% new) on the fine lees for 20 months prior to bottling.

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Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationYakima Valley
Vineyard60% Dutchman Vineyard & 40% Olsen Ranch clone 877
Acid5.475 g/liter
FermentationNative Yeast
Residual Sugar<0.5 g/liter
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/19/2016
60% Dutchman Vineyard Syrah
40% Olsen Ranch clone 877 Syrah

Brett Isenhower

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