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2012 Estate Syrah

2012 Estate Syrah
2012 Estate Syrah

Syrah produces small to medium sized clusters that tend to shrivel when ripe. This variety ripens midseason and is a cross between two french varieties, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche, both of which are from the Rhone region. Syrah is believed to have been cultivated since Roman times in the northern Cote du Rhone. 

Plumb Cellars' 2012 Estate Syrah is co-fermented with Viognier.What exactly is co-fermentation?  Well this practice has its roots in the Côte-Rôtie, a wine-growing region in France's Northern Rhône Valley. Here Viognier grows alongside Syrah, and red wines are made with mostly Syrah grapes and up to 20 percent Viognier—most vintners just use what's been planted in their vineyards, which is usually from 1 percent to 5 percent. According to Côte-Rôtie law, the Syrah and Viognier grapes must be fermented at the same time, a process called co-fermentation.

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Did you know...

Red wines are known to contain many beneficial antioxidants such as polyphenol and resveratrol that have cardio-protective effects and anti-cancer properties. Grape skin is especailly rich in antioxidants. Since red wine is fermented together with its skin, it has more antioxidants than white wine which is produced without its skin.

...There is a 1600 year old bottle of wine on display in the Speyer Museum in Germany.

Past and Present Accolades

2007 89 points Wine Enthusiast

2008  90 points Wine Enthusiast

2009 Bronze at the 2013 Seattle Wine awards

2010 Double Gold at the 2014 Seattle Wine awards

2012 Double Gold at the 2015 Tri-Cities wine festival

2012 Best in class (out of 80 plus wineries) Tri-Cities wine festival

2012 Wine Enthusiast score: 89

2012 more reviews to come...


Wine grape growers were pleased to see a return to “normal” weatherfor the 2012 harvest. 188,000 tons of grapes were harvested, Washington’s biggest harvest yet and almost a 20% increase over the previous record harvest in 2010. Warm, sunny and consistent weather during the growing season with no rain lead to fruit ripening on schedule and helping winemakers avoid a compressed harvest as some had seen in 2010 and 2011. Winemakers were thankful that the warm days cooled off significantly during the night, with temperatures in Walla Walla even dipping down into the 30s in early September. This dramatic diurnal shift allowed the grapes to retain their natural acidity, which will balance out the plush, ripe flavors that will result from the 2012 vintage.

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