Columbia Winery Red Willow Syrah 2000

Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Washington

Price: $39.99 $32.59
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Item No. 82621
  • WE88
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

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Winemaker's Notes

A fine vintage. The grapes ripened slowly in a cooler year and had plenty of hang time to develop their character.

Fine berry fruit with notes of spice, pepper, and smoke. Elegant, smooth palate with excellent length of finish.

The most celebrated red-wine vineyard in Washington, Red Willow lies in the remote northwestern corner of the Yakima Valley Appellation. Mt. Adams' 1200-foot peak and the Cascade foothills rise to the west. There are no other vineyards within 20 miles. It is a fairly warm site (mid-region 2 on the old UC Davis scale). At high elevations, 1100 to 1300 feet, Red Willow has complex soil formations and steep hillsides. Owner Mike Sauer has developed the 120 acres of land with sensitivity and respect for soil and slope. The basic land-form is a peninsula of land jutting out from the south-facing Ahtanum Ridge. The south slope of this peninsula formation drops down into a saddle that runs southward to rise upwards to a small hill. There are east, west, and south-facing vineyards and these are divided into 40 small blocks of great red varieties, including seven terroirs of Syrah. All these form a rich blending palette for Columbia's winemaker David Lake. A fine vintage. The grapes ripened slowly in a cooler year and had plenty of hang time to develop their character. Fine berry fruit with notes of spice, pepper, and smoke. Elegant, smooth palate with excellent length of finish.

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Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington and the first in the state to produce vineyard-designate wines. Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 by ten friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors. Originally known as Associated Vintners, the group was united in the belief that vines could survive the harsh Washington winters and that fine wine...

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Learn About Yakima Valley

Washington's first appellation, Yakima Valley has over one third of the state's vineyards. The rolling foothills of the Cascades give the vines a good sun angle, so grapes are well-ripened come harvest time. Merlot dominates the plantings here, creating elegant wines with complex fruit, herbs & structure. Syrah continues to grow in popularity, creating blanced wines with...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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