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2018 B.Leighton Syrah – 1.5L

In stock
$110.00
Also Available in 750mL Bottles and Previous Vintage.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Brennon Leighton

“Inviting, Intriguing, brooding and vivacious. Black cherry, wet earth, grilled meats, fireplace ash and black pepper take you there and then beautiful notes of seaweed, camphor and black tar finish it off in time for another sip and more exploration of this wonderful wine.”

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Vineyard(s): Olsen Brothers Vineyard (100%)
Production: 2.0 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole cluster pressed | 35 days on skins | 29% neutral French oak puncheons | 20 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.7 g/L titratable acidity | 3.91 pH | 14.5% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2017)

“The 2017 Syrah comes all from the Olsen Brothers Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and is a mix of the 383 and Phelps clones of Syrah. It was not destemmed and was brought up in just 15% new French oak. Ground pepper, meat, smoked game, and decayed flower notes all emerge from this Northern Rhone look-alike. It’s beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and a rock star expression of Syrah to enjoy over the coming 8-10 years.”

94 Points – James Suckling (v2017)

“A spicy, flavorful red with plums, dried earth and sweet tobacco galore. It’s full-bodied and very intense. Spicy, clove-like aftertaste. Drink or hold.”

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