Coming from Olsen Vineyards, one of the best places to make Syrah in Washington State and, dare I say, the world. Expressive, dense and dark with black cherry, wet earth, thyme and cured meat. And it doesn't stop there. Layers of green olive, plum and coffee. Focused and rich, but with finesse. To top it off, finishes with intense black pepper, crushed gravel and rare-grilled lamb. Delicious!
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mounatin. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. The resulting wines were less likely to tip over into overripe flavors or high alcohol levels, and picking proceeded at a normal pace. Total tonnage was up about 5 percent over 2012, a record for the state. 2013 made us thank Sweet Baby Jesus that our white wine vineyards are cool sites at higher elevation. The very warm vintage cooled down in mid-September allowing us to pick at the perfect moment in the first week of October. This gave us generous full flavored wine while still keeping focus.
Yield: 2.9 tons per acre
Sorting: 1 time
Treatment: Punch downs
Malolactic Fermentation: Native
Primary fermentation: Whole cluster, 31 days on skins
Ageing: 20% new French oak for 20 months
Total Production: 150 cases
Release date: Spring 2016
94 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"Lastly, and from tiny yields, the 100 case 2013 Syrah Olsen Vineyard was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in 20% new puncheons for 18 months. Gamey, spice, complex, with gorgeous crÃƒÂ©me de cassis fruit and a touch of graphite, this beauty is full-bodied, layered and elegant, with ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish. This is a serious wine that will benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well through 2028."
93 Points, Wine Spectator
"Focused, polished and intense, centered on blackberry and red plum flavors, with hints of pepper and caramel as the finish extends. Best from 2017 through 2022."