Friday, May 1, 2015

Sinclair Vineyards 2011 Stone Tree Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope

I returned recently from a wonderful trip to Washington State. My time was filled with wine, outstanding food and, yes, some business as well.
Back in town, we were hosted by TWAV Tasting Team members Glorious T and the Cabinator. While Glorious T did most of the serious work preparing a spread of delicious food, the Cabinator did his part too. He uncorked this stupendous wine from Sinclair Estate Vineyards, a leading Washington winery.
Wahluke Slope is an AVA within the very large Columbia Valley appellation. It has one of the warmest and driest climates in Washington. There must be some, but I’ve never had a bad wine from Wahluke Slope.
This Syrah is from the Stone Tree Vineyard and only five barrels of this wine were produced. This prompted a lot of smart phone maneuvering, which eventually showed that each barrel results in around 300 bottles, meaning this was a limited production wine of about 1,500 bottles. However, we prefer to think of this as a five-barrel wine, with each barrel lovingly pampered to produce an exceptional wine.
Stone Tree Vineyard is a vineyard sought after by Washington wineries for some of their best Merlot, Syrah and Cab. This wine has a deep, rich body that coats the tongue. The flavor has blackberry and savory notes. It is everything that a Syrah should be. This one tends toward the opulent, dark fruit flavors and it crescendos to a lingering finish.
Based on this delicious bottle, I’m ready to finish off the rest of the barrel!

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