2013 Phinny Hill Petit Verdot
Our 2013 Petit Verdot displays fruit aromas of tart cherry, dried blueberry, lychee fruit and juniper berry that give way to floral notes of lavender and jasmine, followed by hints of peat, pipe tobacco and cracked white pepper. In the mouth, focused fruit flavors combine with a bold fore and mid palate, as well as Petit Verdot’s signature fine grain tannins, making for wonderfully complex wine. The 2013 vintage, with nearly record breaking heat balanced with a drastic diurnal shift, brings out the dark and concentrated elements of the Petit Verdot, while creating a more fruit focused wine with softer tannins than past vintage. Out Petit Verdot was sourced from the sun-drenched western slope of the Horse Heaven Hills’ Phinny Hill Vineyard, perfect for the Bordeaux varietals with its generous heat and long growing season. The wines were aged in 50% New French Oak and 50% Neutral French Oak for 22 months during which it was racked using the old world technique, soutirage traditionnell, before being bottled as the final blend of 88% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now or till 2030
2013 Estate Syrah
Our 2013 Estate Syrah is bold, with aromatics of black licorice, blackberry concentrate, fennel, graphite, savory herbs, fennel seed, and hints of smoke. As the wine opens, the subtle influence of the Grenache adds a delicate layer of figs and raspberry fruit leather. On the palate, a beautiful vein of acidity combines with a rich mid-palate for a smooth finish. 2013 narrowly missed out on being the hottest vintage by a slight margin, creating a foundation for fruit focused wined with softer tannins than past vintages. The signature Easter Washington drastic swings between daytime highs and nighttime lows preserved the acidity. Our 2013 Estate Syrah is made from 63% Whistling Hills Syrah, 32% Riviere Galets Syrah and 5% Riviere Galets Grenache. Our Whistling Hills Estate Vineyard hosts vines nestled deep in windblown loess soil with roots that grow unimpeded, while our Riviere Galets Estate vineyard is situated on an ancient dried up riverbed with round stones that litter the surface and subsoil reaching depths of 150 feet. Post fermentation, aging was conducted in neutral French oak foudres for 14 months. Drink now or till 2025.