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Lauren Ashton Cellars - Syrah and Reserve Syrah

2011 Syrah

90 Points, Robert Parker

Tasting Notes

The grapes for this Syrah were hand-picked from the Columbia Valley AVA. It is powerfully flavored and full bodied, opening with earthy, yet fruity aromatics. You will experience black pepper, huckleberry, espresso, and herbs. Offering accents of orange peel and volcanic stone.

Food Pairings

Pairs perfectly with garlicky lamb, sausages and grilled meats alongside asparagus, mushrooms and potatoes.

Winemaking

Approximately 50% of the grapes were de-stemmed before fermentation and the rest were whole cluster fermented in 1 ton fermenters. After fermentation, the must was drained of free run juice and the skins were lightly pressed. The wine continued its alcoholic fermentation in neutral French oak until it was dry and then proceeded through Malolactic conver-sion prior to being racked and returned to barrel. It was left to mature undisturbed for 20 months before being blended and bottled.

Aging Potential

The wine is approachable now and has great aging potential.

2011 Reserve Syrah

90 Points, Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Tasting Notes

The grapes for this 2011 Reserve Syrah come from the Red Mountain. It opens with notes of blackberry and dark cherry, followed by hints of lavender and cocoa. The elegant tannin structure offers supple texture and longevity.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with roast pork with fresh fig skewers or grilled meats of all kinds.

Winemaking

Approximately 50% of the grapes were de-stemmed before fermentation and the rest were whole cluster fermented in 1 ton fermenters. After fermentation, the must was drained of free run juice and the skins were lightly pressed. The wine continued its alcoholic fermentation in neutral French oak until it was dry and then proceeded through Malolactic conver-sion prior to being racked and returned to barrel. It was left to mature undisturbed for 20 months before being blended and bottled.

Aging Potential

The wine is approachable now and has great aging potential.

Vintage: 2011
AVA: Columbia Valley
Varietal: Syrah 100%
Release Date: September 2013
Cases Produced: 266
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Retail: $35.00

Purchase

Vintage: 2011
AVA: Red Mountain
Varietal: Syrah 100%
Release Date: September 2013
Cases Produced: 140
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Retail: $40.00

Purchase