While the front label of this wine was inspired by old world wines, the back label most definitely isn’t! Written by Time and Direction’s Director of Awesome, Steve Wells (aka owner/winemaker), these mad libs are a creative way to interact with his customers, especially when he’s not with them as they enjoy his wines. Not only is this label funny and clever but also pokes a little fun at traditional tasting notes. 😉
The Syrah was sourced from one vineyard within the nested Walla Walla Valley AVA and the other vineyard located within the larger the Columbia Valley. As do many Syrah winemakers, Steve co-fermented just a little Viognier to round out the texture and aromas. He also used some whole cluster in this wine, adding more structure and tannins, making it one that can be cellared for a number of years. If you drink this Syrah young, I would recommend decanting for an hour before enjoying.
Aromas: Fruity notes of plums, black cherries and raspberries playfully danced in the air, amidst aromas of tart rose petals, vanilla, cinnamon and other baking spices. As this wine was exposed to air, I smelled faint notes of eucalyptus as well.
Flavors: All those fruit aromas were present in the flavor of this Syrah. The fruit notes began to take a back seat to the nuanced baking spice flavors of cinnamon, cardamom and cocoa powder, along with earthy bay leaves and boozy bourbon-soaked cherries. With prominent tannins and a tart finish, this Syrah could really stand up to heartier dishes.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.