L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 13719
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 77% Syrah / 21% Grenache / 2% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Case Production: 3,010
Vineyard Sources: Candy Mountain, Stone Tree, Estate Seven Hills, Bacchus, Summit View
Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage was moderate in heat units and produced spectacular quality and balance normally associated with such seasonal conditions. A cool, wet spring delayed bud break until early April allowing the vines to fully recover from a hard prior winter. Bloom occurred in early June in line with the long-term average. July and early August were slightly warmer than normal suppressing berry growth and yields. Late September was cooler than normal and this slow fruit maturation, pushing most of grape harvest into October. A beautiful Indian summer brought in plentiful sunshine in October. Warm days, and cool night temperatures produced an ideal balance of flavor development, acid retention, and mineral notes in the majority of wines. A near perfect vintage in the door.
Winemaking Notes: The growing region in Washington State is ideally suited to maximize the full expression of Syrah. 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.