2017 ANVIL Syrah


The 2017 vintage was a difficult one to start, coming off one of the coldest winters in Eastern Washington’s history. Despite a late frost, our fruit survived. As spring turned into summer, Mother Nature delivered an ideal growing season, long enough for the fruit to fully ripen and short enough to ensure we could harvest before poor weather arrived. Our Boushey Vineyard Syrah being the second vintage of many that are more to come. This wine is truly becoming one of our favorite projects to bring to the public. The intensity of this vineyard being represented shows the neat and refined structure that Syrah can be. We are very excited to be able to work alongside Dick Boushey to create this masterpiece. This vineyard gives us the best start to fermenting a truly amazing Syrah.

$65 ($55.25)
  • Alcohol 14.6% % by volume
  • Aged 18 months
  • pH 3.90
  • TA 4.6g/L
  • Barrel Program 33% New French Oak and 67% Neutral French Oak
  • Bottled Date August 2017
  • Released Date April 2020
  • Production 129 cases

In the vineyard

Generally south-facing, this vineyard is located 10 miles west of Red Mountain in the Yakima Valley AVA. The Boushey Vineyard sits atop fractured basalt and soil consisting of silt loam, windblown loess, and deposits from the Missoula floods. The elevation at the highest point of the Boushey Vineyard is at 1,400 feet and combined with layered soils and mild temperatures that allow for longer hang time, the resulting fruit presents amazing phenolic ripeness. Wines made from these grapes are well-balanced with lower alcohol and better acidity, and offer an unblemished expression of the varietal fruit. Vineyard owner Dick Boushey is widely lauded as one of Washington State’s top growers. The Boushey Vineyard has long been recognized as a top-spot for Syrah in Washington, and we are thrilled to have it be part of our Anvil by Forgeron program of limited production, single vineyard wines.

Appellation Yakima Valley

In the cellar

In the glass

Deep Dense Purple

dense, cigar box, dark red fruit, great depth and complexity

great dimension, juicy red fruits, savory, lively, fresh, cocoa

Grilled Pepper Steak with onion and Blue Cheese or Smoked Seitan Steaks


All Syrah from the Boushey Vineyard, aged in one-third new French oak, the 2017 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Birdhouse Block has a ripe, opulent bouquet of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, ground pepper, and graphite. This medium to full-bodied effort has loads of pure fruit, some chewy yet ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate oomph, and a great finish. Give it a year or two and it should evolve nicely for 7-8 years.
Jeb Dunnuck


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