#23 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Red Willow Vineyard has emerged as one of the premier sites for Syrah in the Pacific NW, and our new 2008 Red Willow Chapel Block Syrah is an expression of this very special place. Red Willow's high elevation, 1200-1300 ft, placed it above the influence of the glacial Missoula floods from 12,000 years ago. As a result, the soils are more shallow and ancient than those of lower elevations. This forces vines planted here to produce especially low yields of densely concentrated fruit with very unique flavor profiles; some of the best Syrah we've ever seen. This wine is bold and complex with inky colors, fragrant aromas of lavendar with blueberry notes, cedar smoke and a hint of vanilla and licorice on the finish.
"Warm, inviting and impressive for the purity of its plum, blackberry and currant fruit, sailing easily over a bed of fine tannins and finishing silky and seamless, with hints of espresso and violet. This has extraordinary balance and finesse without sacrificing an ounce of power. Drink now through 2016."
"Good full medium ruby. Rocky aromas of black raspberry, licorice, menthol, wild mint and rose. Concentrated, plush and suave, with superb sweetness perfectly balanced by ripe acidity. This really spreads out to saturate the mouth. Finishes very long and suave, with building sweetness and terrific energy. The pH here is around 3.65."
International Wine Cellar