Walla Walla Valley
Appelation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyards: 100% Pepper Bridge Vineyard (Walla Walla)
Blend: 94% Syrah; 6% Merlot
Oak Program: 18 Months in 40% French; 37% American; 23% Hungarian used oak barrels.
Harvested: October 11, 2008
Bottled: April 15, 2010
Brix: 26.2 Brix
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Production: 447 cases
The winter in 2007/2008 was warm and dry in the Walla Walla Valley, resulting in an early May bud break for most grapes. The warm spring encouraged growth and a nearly perfect berry set. Summer was very hot, resulting in a harvest of Syrah fruit that was high in sugar (26.2 Brix) and contained an acid balance of 6.0 g/L after fermentation. The color and intensity of the fruit promises a spectacular future for this 2008 Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley.
The carefully selected Syrah grapes from Pepper Bridge Vineyard were hand picked and gently de-stemmed and crushed before fermentation. The Syrah grapes were fermented at an average must temperature of 88 °F for 12 days. At dryness, the Syrah grape must was lightly pressed into a settling tank. Malolatic fermentation was completed after the wine was placed in 225 liter oak barrels. The Syrah wine received a total of 5 rackings and was not filtered prior to bottling.
Wine Maker's Tasting Notes
Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2008 Walla Walla Valley Syrah is complex with earthy plum fruit tones spiced with a hint of pepper. The savory fruit flavors include traces of blueberries with hints of plum. The wine's smooth oak finish includes gentle tannins that provide a very sophisticated finish to this 2008 Syrah. A wonderful wine for your wine cellar.