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Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah 2012

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The 2012 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins.

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Owen Roe:
Since our first vintage in 1999, Owen Roe winery has been working to produce exceptional, hand crafted wines. We are especially committed to the low vigor hillside vineyards of Yakima Valley Washington. These vineyards yield fruit with low pH and high acidity, both harbingers of age-able wines.

External Reviews for Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah

External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
10/26/2014

Columbia Valley, WashingtonOwen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris is a superb red wine gem from Washington made by David O'Reilly, who specializes in big, fruit-driven reds from Washington and Oregon under the Owen Roe and Sineann labels. Wine Spectator ranked the 2009 Ex Umbris #25 in its Top 100 Wines of 2011, and this 2012 release is another winner! This wine was introduced in 2002 as a one-time bottling after a wildfire struck the vineyard's surrounding hillsides. When the residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, a memorable wine was created! This bold Syrah is comprised from several exceptional vineyards in Washington's Columbia Valley.Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris is a gorgeous deep purple in color with full body. Notes of pink peppercorn, raspberry, rose petals and baking spices greet the nose, followed on the palate by flavors of bing cherry, white pepper, cedar, eucalyptus and plum. Bright acidity and a fine tannin structure make this a well balanced red of complexity and elegance. The wine spent 16 months in barrel in neutral French oak. It is long and rich on the smooth finish.Enjoy Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris over the next 6-8 years with filet mignon, rack of lamb, venison, rich vegetable dishes and aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/17/2015

Owen Roe is a celebrated producer. Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O'Reilly, who makes the wine, formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. From Oregon to Washington the wines are highly praised. This particular wine stands out not just because Columbia Valley is a great source for Syrah but the story behund it. This wine was introduced as a one-time bottling in 2002 after a wild fire struck the vineyard’s surrounding hillsides. The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, they are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive! Now, 10 vintages later, it's going strong. 100% Syrah comprised from several exceptional vineyards in the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. It's garnered 90 point scores across the board including 91 from Antonio Galloni who said "Saturated bright ruby. Reticent, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, licorice and violet, complemented by some sweet oak. Very ripe, dense and smooth, showing an almost liqueur-like quality to its black cherry and saline flavors. Not at all overly sweet but the tannins are suave and fine-grained. This has enough juicy energy to expand in the bottle. As in most recent vintage, a terrific value in Washington Syrah."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/08/2015

The story behind the label... This wine was introduced as a one-time bottling in 2002 after a wild fire struck the vineyard’s surrounding hillsides. The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, we are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive! Now, 10 vintages later, we hope you will enjoy this bold Syrah comprised from several exceptional vineyards in the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. Tasting Notes: The 2012 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins. Vineyard Sources: Destiny Ridge, Outlook, Six Prong, Red Willow The 2012 Ex Umbris Syrah spent 16 months in barrel. 3% new French oak barrels used 14.1% Alcohol



The 2012 Ex Umbris is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticibly structured acidity and silky tannins.

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