With a dry, desert-like climate, ideal southwest-facing slopes, and significant day and nighttime temperature swings, Red Mountain produces wines of unparalleled depth and structure. Crafted using grapes from Red Mountain’s most exceptional vineyards, this robust and alluring Syrah offers luxurious layers of blackberry, blueberry and anise, underscored by sophisticated notes of granite minerality and savory layers of grilled meat and dried herbs.
While this robust Syrah reveals alluring aromas of red and black berries and candied fruit, it is the layers of scorched earth, black tea, crushed rose petals and minerality that make it so mesmerizing. On the palate it is intense and juicy, with robust tannins and savory underpinnings of beef tartare and charcuterie adding depth and complexity to flavors of black raspberry, ripe strawberry and violets.
The 2021 vintage will be famous for its warm growing season and its drought conditions, which combined to produce historically low yields. While budbreak was two weeks ahead of normal thanks to a warm, dry spring, blustery weather during flowering caused some shatter leading to very low yields. A late-June heatwave led to incredible phenolic development, while a second heatwave during veraison spurred the vines towards early ripening. Harvest started early, with ideal weather throughout September and October, and concluded two weeks ahead of schedule without any pressure from frost or rain. With average Cabernet Sauvignon yields in Walla Walla Valley of just 1.4 tons per acre, our 2021 wines display incredible power, ripeness and intensity.
0.59 g/100 ml
Aged 15 months in 100% French oak 25% new, 75% neutral
Fermented on 30% whole syrah clusters, in open-top tanks, macerated 17 days total on skins.