2020 Canvasback Walla Walla Valley Rosé of Syrah
Home to many of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and most acclaimed vineyards, grapes have been grown in Walla Walla Valley since the 1850s. With deep, loamy soils and a climate that features a significant swing between day and nighttime temperatures, Walla Walla Valley offers ideal conditions for growing and producing elegant and beautifully wines with bright acidity.
Varietal Composition: 89% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc; Whole cluster pressed. Fermented in stainless, then aged sur-lie in barrel with routine stirring on lees for texturizing.
This dynamic rosé leaps from the glass with alluring aromas of ripe melon, mango, peach and apricot, as well as perfumed hints of jasmine and honeysuckle. On the palate, a lovely textural undercurrent from extended aging on the lees is balanced by a beam of bright acidity that adds precision to the stone fruit and citrus elements, with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, raspberry and wild strawberry gliding to a long, resonant finish.
A cold, dry winter was followed by an equally cool spring, which led to a slightly laterthan-normal budbreak and bloom. Following mid-June rains that had a modest impact on the size of the crop, the weather turned hot in July and August, spurring the grapes to a long, sustained period of ripening. Our early ripening Syrah from The Rocks District offered beautiful flavor and color development, with polished tannins. With smaller overall yields, our Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon produced wines of tremendous concentration and power, with great ripeness and flavor development. To ensure the exceptional nature of all of our 2020 wines, we assessed all of our wines using both sensory and laboratory analysis to ensure that they were in no way affected by smoke from the Oregon wildfires.
Walla Walla Valley
Aged sur-lie in neutral French 225L oak barrels for 3 months
0% ML complete, to preserve bright natural acidity