Amavi Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Aromas of violets and ripe berries mingle with a light essence of soil and brambles. Flavors of ripe dark fruits, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries embrace subtle hints of mineral and citrus. Critics say our Syrahs are getting better every vintage, and we are very excited about this one! Even in its youth, this wine flaunted a sophisticated combination of beauty and brawn.
Wine & Spirits - "Amavi's Walla Walla bottling combines fruit from Les Collines (42 percent), Seven Hills (41) and Pepper Bridge (17) vineyards. Like Amavi's Les Collines (recommended above), it is concentrated and youthful, with a mulled spice aroma and flavors of blueberry, dark fig and cocoa; the texture is broad and powerful. For all of its breadth it feels precise, feet firmly planted. Cellar, then serve with cassoulet."
Wine Spectator - "Dense and chewy, not heavy, but firmly packed with dark berry and currant fruit surrounded by a swarm of tannin and hints of coffee and dried sage. Solid finish. Best from 2012 through 2017. "
Amavi Cellars, one of Walla Walla’s newest wineries, is a “sister” winery to the valley’s prestigious Pepper Bridge Winery. The Pepper Bridge Winery partners wanted to produce Syrah and other varietals from estate-vineyard grapes, but to not diminish Pepper Bridge Winery’s tight focus on their world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The solution was the construction and startup of Amavi Cellars. View all Amavi Wines
About Walla Walla ValleyView a map of Walla Walla Valley wineries
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.