Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
This wine offers notes of wet, fresh dug soil. A powerhouse for sure. Dried fruit, anise, white pepper, tree bark. It just doesn’t give up. Cocoa, sarsaparilla, grilled meat. Powerful and majestic.
Coming from the Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain, the 2014 Syrah Cattle King is a huge, powerful, unctuous beast that gives up decadent notes of black and blue fruits, freshly crushed rocks, graphite, iron and licorice. Unctuous, sexy and with gorgeous purity, it carries itself with incredible grace and elegance, without ever being over the top. It flirts with perfection and is one of the highlights of the vintage—and the region.
Consistently one of the winery’s top bottlings, aromas of blackberry, black plum, dried herb, anise and spice are followed by supremely rich, tightly wound black fruit and crème de cassis flavors that show a firm grainy handshake of tannins and a warm crazy-long finish. It’s all about intensity of expression but what intensity it brings.
A southern slope site called Upland Vineyard. This has a dark-plum and dark-chocolate edge with a deeply spicy edge. Follows through to a palate that has fruit flesh dialed-in. Bold and powerful on the palate, it delivers a slab of blackberry and plum fruit but still snaps fresh.