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Pursued by Bear Baby Bear Syrah 2012

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Beginning with aromas of cranberry, pomegranate and cherry cola, the first sip brings expressive notes of spicy blackberry jam, vanilla bean, and a dusting of freshly grated cocoa onto the palate. Fine, velvety tannins and vibrant acidity shape this Syrah into something complex, yet approachable. This wine is no baby!

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Broad and spicy, offering juicy blackberry and cherry flavors, shaded by pepper and meaty overtones, lingering with presence. Drink now through 2021. 166 cases made.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Coming from two area standouts—Lewis and Phinny Hill vineyards—this wine shows appealing aromas and flavors of shaved coconut, Mounds Bar, cherry and baking spices. The barrel influence is prominent but it largely stands up to it.
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Actor and Yakima native Kyle MacLachlan launched his wine project "Pursued by Bear" with Eric Dunham beginning with the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2008, he added the "Baby Bear" Syrah to celebrate the birth of his son. These extremely limited production wines are available in select locations and here on our website for direct shipment.
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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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