L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 12176
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 78% Syrah / 20% Grenache / 2% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Case Production: 3,100
Vineyard Sources: Candy Mountain, Stone Tree, Estate Seven Hills, Bacchus, Summit View
Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage looks like another spectacular and large harvest for Washington State; it started early with a mild winter, hot spring, and early bud break, suggesting another warm year was on the way. Moderate June weather was ideal for bloom and fruit set. July temperatures were lower than normal, allowing for healthy berry and cluster growth. Continued mild weather through August and September stretched the growing season allowing the fruit to ripen gradually and evenly, with lower sugars and higher acidity. The longer hang-time produced fantastic balance of flavor and structure in both the white and red varieties.
Winemaking Notes: Each lot was manually harvested and gently crushed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small oak barrels, mostly neutral, with four rackings over 18 months.
Tasting Notes: Dark, robust and spicy, this full-bodied Syrah shows rich flavors of black and blue berries, peppercorn, and licorice through an earthy finish.