Our GSM is generous and silky, we like its dark allure. We recommend enjoying it in winter when comfort from the gloomy weather is needed, but it is also a great addition to a summer BBQ as it is smooth, yet full bodied. We make this wine because we love how these grapes lend themselves to the dry and sunny conditions of Eastern Washington, they greatly benefit from our high temperatures and long sunny days.
Our Syrah “Birdhouse” block from Boushey Vineyard is located on at the top of the hill at nearly 1400 feet in elevation. The fruit is deeply concentrated as the grapes get dehydrated from the intense winds.The low crop yield (2.5 tons per acre) and arid, sandy soils, produce grapes that are full and rich in flavor.
We typically harvest a tiny amount of Grenache early, so we can co-ferment it with the Syrah for added spice and flavors. We waited patiently for the remaining Boushey Grenache, until we had full, ripe flavors. In our earliest harvest yet (2015), the Grenache was the last fruit to come in at Forgeron (October 10).
Mourvèdre ripens late and cannot successfully be grown in many places. Heart of the Hill Vineyard, located in the center of Red Mountain, benefits from brutally dry conditions which perfectly match what the varietal needs.
In 2015, we co-fermented the Syrah with a little bit of Grenache as we like the added flavors (notably the spice) from combining the grapes at fermentation. We aged the wine in mostly neutral French oak to preserve the fruit integrity, but also some new French oak for a bit of added spice.
Generous, ripe and spicy fruit reminiscent of the wonderful lifestyle of Southern France.
NOSE: blueberry, lavender, smoked meat
MOUTH: plum, pomegranate, white pepper
PAIRING: grilled lamb with chimichurri, spaghetti Bolognese, wild game with huckleberry sauce