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2017 Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah

2017 Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah
2017 Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah

93% Syrah co-fermented with 7% Viognier

 

A bright bouquet of lavender, bergamot, and cassia bark. Wet stone, white pepper, and nutmeg accent a core of blueberry and bramble fruit. Expansive and concentrated without overripe fruit and intrusive amounts of new oak. The long, expansive finish is driven by natural tannins and acidity.

Tasting notes

This wine will age fantastically well, easily over ten years from release. If you have the patience, hold for at least 2 years from release. Decant prior to enjoying.

Priced responsibly, we hope you’ll agree this wine drinks well above its price point.  

Production notes

Yellow Bird Vineyard, which is a high elevation vineyard that utilizes dry farming and sustainable farming practices produces fruit with extremely low yields (2.5 tons per acre), tiny berries, and sparse clusters. This, plus warm days and cool nights helps create a Syrah with generous natural tannins and acidity resulting in a well-balanced wine that is complex, concentrated, and full-bodied but without overripe and flabby.

The fruit was harvested and sorted by hand in late September with about 50% of the fruit left as whole cluster. Feral primary and secondary fermentations were employed with only yeast hulls and oxygen used to aid fermentations.  A 3 day cold soak was used as was extended maceration with the wine staying on skins for approximately 32 days. In 2017, we used extended barrel aging of 20 months in all French oak, approximately 20% of which was new. The wine was never racked and remained on lees for all 19 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Varietal Composition93% Syrah co-fermented with 7% Viognier
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardYellow Bird Vineyard
Aging20 months in French Oak, about 20% new
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced240

High atop the foothills of the Blue Mountains sits Yellow Bird Vineyard. Owned by the Chan family and farmed by the venerable Kenny Hart, the vineyard is dry farmed and uses sustainable farming practices. Deep Loess soil with excellent drainage. The blocks we use sit at 1,400 feet in elevation. The high elevation and naturally struggling vines produce fruit with great depth and concentration. Both the clones have tiny berries and sparse clusters - ugly by a commercial producers standpoint but beautiful from ours. These tiny berries create wine with firm natural tannins and black-opaque color. 

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