2012 Princess Syrah Walla Walla
This Syrah is as unique as the terroir from where the fruit was grown. We only made 5 barrels of the Princess Syrah utilizing the best fruit from the beautiful Francisca's Vineyard.
Heavy Earth, infused with leather, oak and Blackberry jump from the glass. Hints of cassis and other dark fruit peer from the shadows. The palate is a polar opposite of the nose. Rich currant and cassis blast on the tongue, evolving into blackberry, oak, leather and Earth. The finish is spice cocoa combined with a black cherry and plumb extravaganza.
Even though Francisca’s vineyard is only has 4.3acres planted in Syrah, and produces fantastic Syrah, the Eastern most two acres are very unique, mostly sand. This sub-area of the vineyard produces the clusters we reserve for the Princess Syrah. In 2012 we destemmed the clusters without crushing, using only gravity to move them into one larger (2.5 ton) closed top fermenter and one smaller (1 ton) open top fermenter. Two different yeast strains were used. The larger tank was pressed after 21 days, the smaller lot was pressed after 33 days. The “free run” was directly transferred into 228L barrels and aged for 16 months.
Our favorite foods with this wine are: A juicy, grilled steak or any lamb dish will be heavenly. Hearty foods for this wine will be the best pairing.
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|Varietal Composition||100% Syrah
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley
|Vineyard||100% Francisca’s Vineyard Walla Walla
|Aging||17 months 80% new oak; 80% French & 20% American
100% Francisca’s Vineyard Walla Walla
Dave Harvey joins Bergevin Lane with over 23 years of winemaking experience in Washington State working for notable wineries such as Townshend Cellars, Gordon Brothers and Terra Blanca.
“We asked Dave to join our team because of his seasoned experience with Washington vineyards and winemaking. He makes stylish and well-balanced wines -plus he’s a super nice guy,” says Amber Lane.