Milbrant Vineyard Wahluke Slope Columbia Valley Washington
Smells of fruity blueberries and black raspberries, plus berry jam jumped out of my glass as I swirled this wine. With some air, slivered almonds and earthy notes of fresh-tilled soil became apparent– a welcome foil– that perfectly balanced all the sweet fruit aromas.
The Syrah grapes that make up this wine were 100% whole cluster pressed, so the grapes didn’t go through a destemming machine, but instead were tossed into the press, stems and all. This winemaking technique helps retain color, thanks to the tannins found in grape stems. The juice then spent 14 months on the lees while in barrel, allowing the skins to impart even more color into this wine.
With all that deep, rich color in my glass, I was surprised with its medium-bodied weight and mouthfeel. Don’t worry, those skin and stem tannins were still prominent and pleasantly grippy as I sipped this Syrah. Flavors of ripe blueberries and blackberries combined with notes of mocha, evolving into a long finish of white pepper and gravel dust.
Food pairings suggestions:
Smoked duck legs with polenta and wild mushrooms, vegetable and gouda cheese pot pies, bison burgers.
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