Wine: 2014 Syrah “The Immortal”
Vineyard: Lewis Vineyards & Meek Vineyards
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Cases Produced: 72
Barrel Program: Aged in Puncheons (500L) & Neutral French Oak Barrels
Aging: 18 months
Blend: 100% Syrah
If you know much about the Syrah we make, there are two: The Black Cask & The Immortal. The Immortal we named a long time ago because it seemed like it could age forever. If you can find a bottle of the 2005, you’ll see what we’re talking about. It can age. However, since then, we’ve made them a touch more approachable. Using 15-20% whole clusters helps aid in the whole complexity issue. If you want a straight up, oaky, fruity, syrupy Syrah then go buy the 85% new world syrah–or simply pick up a Shiraz from Australia. These guys are actually trying to extract the seeds so you never have a tiny bit of herbaceous-ness. It’s disgusting what they’ve done to such an awesome hardy grape! Syrah from the Northern Rhone has the herbs, olives, acid that makes you wonder what the hell this could really be. I’m not here to claim that this is a northern rhone wine, but I’m here to say that we attempt the impossible. And while it’s still obviously Washington fruit, we try and make it in the Old School way. This is the 1st year we’ve included Meek vineyard, which is a beautiful situated vineyard. Rocks and low tonnage lead to concentrated–not overripe–grapes. The mix is just what the doctor ordered (and my dad is a doctor, and he’s prescribed this many times for myself). It’s helpful when you like Syrah!
Remember, this wine is meant to age…but if you have to drink now, then just enjoy it and buy another to age.