Januik Winery Lewis Vineyard Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
This deep, opaque Syrah is ripe and rich. Dense black cherry and spice aromas introduce a mouthful of dark cherry, black currant and plum flavors. Concentrated and layered, it is a wonderfully balanced wine with a long, lingering finish.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and inviting, with hints of bay leaf and tomato leaf adding depth to the ripe blackberry and cassis flavors, finishing with an earthy cast. Offers depth and savory complexity. Drink now through 2018. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, cocoa powder, game and leather, with a complementary oaky element. Silky and supple on entry, then smooth and seamless in the middle, with lovely harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to this very sexy wine. Finishes very long and brisk, with smooth tannins. From 15-year-old vines cropped at two tons per acre. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Syrah Lewis Vineyard offers up meat, game, and balsamic notes. On the palate it reveals some elegance, savory flavors, impeccable balance, and a lengthy finish. It offers a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2020."
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Family-owned. Artisan winemaking. Acclaimed Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ve heard dozens of wineries make these claims, and while these statements are certainly true of Januik wines, they seem a little cliché too.
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About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
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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