Purple Star 2013 Columbia Valley Syrah
Columbia Valley, Washington ABV: 14.5%
WE - 90 (2009)
WE - 91 (2009)
This Syrah was destemmed and lightly crushed, retaining 60% whole berries. Hand punchdowns and pumpovers for 8-14 days depending on lots, then racked and aged for 14 months in 100% French Oak barrels. The resulting wine is dark purple with dark berry, plum and smoke aromas that lead to black raspberry, pepper and smoke flavors, followed up by moderate acid structure and fine grained tannins. This wine will age well but is very approachable now.
Purple Star sources grapes from Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain. Grapes are handpicked at their optimal flavor profile and juice fermented at cooler temperatures for longer periods. The wines exhibit softer tannins and retain more varietal character as a result.
This Benton City Winery's wine philosophy is wine should be accessible, approachable, and affordable. They believe a wine’s purpose is to bring together family and friends, so 15% of Purple Star Wines’ proceeds are donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital to benefit uncompensated care. It’s their way of paying it forward.
SUGGESTED PAIRINGS: Roasted Vegetable Tart, Braised Short Ribs with Buttered Noodles, Cheddar Cheese Fondue
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