2013 was a very ripe year overall and the final blend ended up being 100% Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. However, most years we like to blend in some wine from warmer sites for a touch of added ripeness. Thus we refer to this as a Columbia Valley wine.
The warm, dry conditions of the Columbia Valley, are well suited to Rhône varietals. Our result is a rich and full Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend.
We co-fermented a bit of Grenache with Syrah then co-fermented Mourvèdre and Grenache together. We aged this wine 16 months in one-to-three-year-old French barrels. Neutral oak will not impart oak flavor, allowing the spice and fruit flavors of the wine to shine. The lively acidity of the Mourvèdre and Grenache are a perfect complement to the Syrah.
A Gigondas-inspired Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre, ripe and full-bodied, yet spicy and supple.
NOSE: dark fruit and black olive with meat notes (from the Syrah) raspberry (Grenache), white chocolate, nuttiness, and earthiness (Mourvèdre)
MOUTH: dark fruit and blueberry with a mineral note, and a smooth texture (Syrah and Grenache), pepper, depth and richness, concentrated red stone fruit finish (Mourvèdre)
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: duck confit, Moroccan spice, braised lamb