2019 Carousel Vineyard Syrah

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2019 Carousel Vineyard Syrah
2019 Carousel Vineyard Syrah

This Syrah is co-fermented with 6% Viognier to create a darker colored wine with a lovely balance of acidity. Taut, rich, and mineral with more red fruit flavors of cherry and pomegranates.

Tasting notes

Dark red/black color. Very dark fruit aromas of black cherry, black plums, blackberries, blueberries with non-fruit aromas of wet rocks, black olive, dried sage, sweet cedar, and black pepper. In the mouth the Syrah is taut, rich, and mineral with more red fruit flavors of cherry and pomegranates. The acidity is lovely and balancing. There are some Syrah tar notes and hints of the stem fermentation. On the label I suggested a tasting window through 2029 however, I think I underestimated this Syrah; perhaps enjoy though 2034.

Production notes

2019 was an interesting vintage. The summer was perfect with moderate heat, no temperature spikes and fortunately was cooler than normal. There were a few rain periods that slowed ripening in September. In mid-October Washington had three nights of freezing temperatures which defoliated the vines and stopped photosynthesis and grape ripening.

The Syrah and Viognier was hand harvested on October 11, 2019. All the grapes were destemmed and we added back 33% of the stems to grapes to maximize the “funky” character of Syrah. The Syrah and Viognier were co-fermented with yeasts specific for Syrah. All the grapes were punched down twice a day for two weeks and the wine was pressed at dryness. 

The Syrah was aged in French Oak barrels (20% new and 80% used) for 17 months on the fine lees and bottled in March of 2021 unfined and unfiltered. 

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationYakima Valley
Acid5.4 g/L
Residual Sugar0.1 g/L
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/05/2021
Cases Produced289

100% Carousel Vineyard Syrah

Brett Isenhower

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