91 Points - James Suckling
2019 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
The 2019 Funk Vineyard Syrah broods with dark juicy fruits and a savory meaty core, offering a complex tapestry of aromas that include blackberry, blue plum, pomegranate, violet, wet loam, iodine, sesame, and sweet tobacco leaf. On the palate, the entry is round and hedonistic, balancing lush berry notes with flavors of charcuterie, kalamata olive and dried plum, as well as terroir-driven hints of crushed basalt, wet river rocks, sea spray, pipe tobacco and thyme.
Heavy winter snowfall in 2019 led to well-irrigated soils and a late budbreak. The relatively cool weather continued throughout spring and summer with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, and only a few days over 100º F. This allowed for beautiful flavor development balanced by ideal acid retention, producing elegant and age-worthy wines with lovely energy and character, supple tannins and bright, juicy flavors.
Walla Walla Valley
0.57 g/100 ml
Aged 16 months in 35% new French oak, 65% neutral French oak
40% whole-clusters in the fermentation were gently macerated by feet, with 60% destemmed Syrah layered over top. Left to age on its lees, with occasional stirring