Forgotten Hills Syrah
Walla Walla Valley
Appelation: Walla Walla Valley
Blend: 100% Syrah
Retail Price: $50
Planted in 1996, this 7 acre estate vineyard is composed of cobblestone, silt loam and sandy loam. The cobblestones provide excellent drainage and radiate heat, which catalyzes ripening well into the cool evenings. The silt loam enables deep rooting and use of the indigenous water supply thereby reducing the need for irrigation. Finally, the sandy loam also provides excellent drainage, reducing pest pressures. At 950 feet elevation, harvest dates tend to be later than most other vineyards in the Valley, producing fruit with great balance, ripeness and complexity.
In 2009, we did something new. We made rosé from clusters on the outside, two shoots of each vine, letting the rest of the fruit hang much longer without excessively high sugar development. The resulting 2009 wine has a distinctive roundness in the mid-palate, without high alcohol, but still maintains its traditionally, earthy nature.
Loaded with classic aromatics that scream Northern Rhône, expect notes of black fruits, oil-cured olives, smoky bacon fat and a gravelly minerality. Rich, ripe, round and pleasure-full, this wine leaves you wanting more. And the finish gives you just that—it's so long, you'll find yourself begging it to fade, just to have the next sip. A remarkable red plum-acidity provides a refreshing, balancing levity to a deliciously, deep and brooding wine. A gorgeous match for roasted meats.
Past vintages have been much loved by critics—a 92 from Wine Spectator, 93 from Tanzer, and the 2007 vintage placed 4th out of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's top 100 Washington State Wines. As Jamie says this vineyard 'dances along the edge' being a cooler site. As such, this bottling was and will not be made in 2008, 2010, and 2011.