Black pepper and wet rock. Dark, danky and expressive, what a wine! Black plum, charred meat, aged leather and spices. Finishes long on the palate with herbal notes that are reminiscent of wild mint. A f@#$%ing great wine!
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
2014 had an early spring and a wonderful, long summer with cool nights to help maintain great acidity in the grapes. Going into the Fall, temperatures cooled down quite a bit throughout the state, and we were able to hang the fruit for a long period of time before harvest. This combination allowed us to develop more complex flavors, while still maintaining the acidity to produce bright, focused wines.
Yield: 2.1 tons per acre
100% whole cluster pressed
33 days on skins
25% new French puncheons
18 months barrel-aged on lees
94 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (vintage 2013)
"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 and complex, with gorgeous creme de cassis fruit and a touch of graphite, this beauty is fullbodied, 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."