2018 Canvasback Walla Walla Washington State Syrah Funk Vineyard
Located at an elevation of 1,000 feet in the famed Rocks District of Walla Walla Valley, Funk Vineyard is a 5-acre gem that has earned renown for producing some of the region’s most extraordinary Syrahs. Planted to the Phelps Clone using a rare trellising system that yields highly concentrated berries, Funk Vineyard Syrah combines lush pomegranate flavors with savory layers of charcuterie, scorched earth and cigar leaf.
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah; Oak Profile: 40% New French Oak, 60% neutral french oak
This fascinating single-vineyard Syrah showcases attention-grabbing Rocks District aromas of lavender, violet and fresh-tilled earth, alongside alluring layers of wild blueberry and huckleberry. On the broad, mouthcoating palate it combines polish and complexity, with a sleek texture and luxurious plum and blue fruit flavors underscored by sophisticated hints of kalamata olive, wet loam and forest floor.
The 2018 growing season produced one of the finest vintages of the past decade. After a warm spring that resulted in an early budbreak, the early summer weather turned somewhat cool ensuring slow, gentle ripening of the fruit. A perfectly timed return to warm weather in July and August spurred a final push towards ripeness. As we began preparing for harvest, the days were cool and rain free, allowing us to pick each vineyard and block exactly when we wished. The resulting wines are dark and generous, balancing supple, polished textures with age-worthy structures that underscore the lush intensity of the dark-berried fruit flavors.