Owen Roe Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block 2008
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 absolutely an expression of this very special place. Most of the soil in Yakima Valley was formed 12,000 years ago by the Lake Missoula floods, which occurred at the end of the ice age. Due to Red Willow’s higher elevation, 1200-1300 ft, the peninsula vineyard was above the water and thus not affected by the deposited silt and sand that much of the valley floor received. As a result, Red Willow soils are poorer and more ancient than those of lower elevations. This forces vines planted here to produce especially low yields of densely concentrated fruit with a very unique flavor profile; some of the best Syrah we’ve ever seen. This wine is bold and complex with inky, rhubarb, dark strawberry and blueberry fruit, cedar smoke and a hint of vanilla and licorice on the finish.
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.
Editorial Reviews for Owen Roe Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block
Salted plum, roast meat, smoke, a bit of ink -- actually quite inky -- and with a nicely integrated background note of cracked pepper. Smooth and rich in the mouth, with some cocoa on the attack, which is joined by very spicy plummy fruit on the mid-palate. Very peppery on the backend and onto the moderately long finish. This is big and well balanced, but shows very little detail at this early stage. It’s got a fairly heavy load of wood tannin as well. This will need time to integrate as it closes down on the finish but is well balanced for the medium haul. 90pts
Food Pairings for Owen Roe Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block
This wine is bold and complex with inky, rhubarb, dark strawberry and blueberry fruit, cedar smoke and a hint of vanilla and licorice on the finish.
Aged 14 months in French Oak.
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