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Delmas Syrah 2012

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Very complex bouquet of damson plums, violets, blueberry, blackberry, garrigue, black olive and smoldering incense. This is a wine of exquisite balance and seductive texture. The beautifully ripe tannins and lively acidity provide the framework for successful aging. The aromatic complexity follows through nicely on the palate: blackberry, raspberry, bacon fat, sage, white pepper, allspice, dark chocolate, and stony minerality. The protracted finish echoes violet-like floral tones with hints of blueberry, espresso and truffles. This wine will satisfy the intellect as well as the palate. It will likely gain in complexity each year, reach maturity in approximately 8-10 years and hold for approximately 15+ years.

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  • 2012

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Winery: Delmas
Color: Red
Blend: Syrah, Viognier
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Delmas:
THE VINEYARD Importantly, our first investment was the vineyard. Given the financial commitment and time it takes to properly mature a vineyard, it is not common practice in the Northwest today to invest in an estate vineyard. However, this is fundamental to controlling wine quality. We invested further in the vineyard’s infrastructure and management in an effort to control all facets... Read more
THE VINEYARD Importantly, our first investment was the vineyard. Given the financial commitment and time it takes to properly mature a vineyard, it is not common practice in the Northwest today to invest in an estate vineyard. However, this is fundamental to controlling wine quality. We invested further in the vineyard’s infrastructure and management in an effort to control all facets of quality in the winemaking process. With a passion for making expressive wines that bring joy to the palate, we’re keen to fully realize the potential for growing the highest quality wine grapes and birthing wines true to their place of origin. Established in 2007, SJR Vineyard is situated in The Rocks District on 9.6 acres within the Walla Walla Valley. We are committed to making single-vineyard, estate-controlled wines utilizing sustainable farming practices. We’re passionate about exploiting balanced soil conditions and native weather patterns to make wines that fully express their terroir and vintage. Our viticultural discipline is strong and addresses each block and variety independently – assessing appropriate training form, trellis structure, pruning rigor, nutrient and irrigation strategy. We know that the eventual capacity of the whole vine (and the resulting wine quality) is based on very careful attention to these details. Winegrowing Philosophy Farming will always be the keystone for Delmas. We believe that world-class wine is derived from estate vineyards—meticulously cultivated and sustainably farmed to showcase the distinctive qualities of each single vineyard site. For us, this is a family journey. From the start we’ve focused on getting involved with the larger wine community, upping our game with every growing season, appreciating the depth of knowledge resident locally and celebrating the work of our peers. To life! Because everything starts in the vineyard, we do our best to bring the essence of the land straight to the bottle with as little interference as possible. We produce small lots of estate wines from single vineyards, showcasing distinctive qualities of that place and nowhere else. We take full control of the entire process from growing the grapes to selling the wine. Yet, we take pleasure in knowing that there is always a random element; we never know precisely what Mother Nature may decide to express. This reality leads to vintage variation, which we embrace. We adapt to seasonal variation by focusing our efforts on the quality of the work necessary to achieve balance in the vineyard, and allowing the character of each vintage to stand tall. We embrace the unique advantage of our own-rooted vines, which we feel are more sensitive/expressive of the terroir. Finally, we have developed a focused strategy that, at its core, relies on feet-in-the-rows and viticultural practices that achieve a balanced and respectful expression of SJR Vineyard. The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater ‘The Rocks District’ is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries (96%) have been fixed by virtue of a single soil series (Freewater Series) and a single land form (alluvial fan). Final TTB approval of this new 5.9 square mile (3767 acre) AVA within Walla Walla Valley occured February 2015. SJR Vineyard sits on the western border of this Oregon AVA. ‘The Rocks District’ is receiving international recognition for its wines, particularly Syrah. There is no denying the distinctive character of these wines. ‘The Rocks District’ advantages of water availability, excellent drainage and favorable climate provide the basis for global distinction. Small vineyard parcels of 'The Rocks District’ wine grapes have made their presence felt across the country over the last couple of decades by virtue of specialized farming practices and highly regarded wines being produced from these sought after wine grapes. Importantly, diversity prevails within ‘The Rocks District’, and provides a framework for charting future vineyard development—where hands-on work, close proximity to the land and a discernable independent spirit represent a unique winegrowing culture opportunity. Read less

Very complex bouquet of damson plums, violets, blueberry, blackberry, garrigue, black olive and smoldering incense. This is a wine of exquisite balance and seductive texture. The beautifully ripe tannins and lively acidity provide the framework for successful aging. The aromatic complexity follows through nicely on the palate: blackberry, raspberry, bacon fat, sage, white pepper, allspice, dark chocolate, and stony minerality. The protracted finish echoes violet-like floral tones with hints of blueberry, espresso and truffles. This wine will satisfy the intellect as well as the palate. It will likely gain in complexity each year, reach maturity in approximately 8-10 years and hold for approximately 15+ years.

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