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2018 LeFore Syrah

LeFore Syrah

Josh's Notes

Our estate, Lefore, is named after the previous family that farmed apples on the site and sits on the eastern edge of the Rocks District AVA within the Walla Walla Valley. This side is a bit higher in elevation, and seems to have more cobblestones—hard to imagine! These vines were planted in the late 1990’s making it one of the oldest vineyards in the area also and the vineyard itself has taken over as a dominate force in our Doubleback wines. Taken from two separate blocks in the vineyard, the nose leads with smoked game, sage, thyme, iron, and a Mediterranean hint of olive. We made this wine using a hands-off style to highlight the site. I absolutely love the type of tannin that this vineyard expresses in every wine it produces- lavishly built, lush, with great lively acidity unbeknownst in the area at times. As with the nose, the wine is dynamically changing and evolving in the glass and an absolute pleasure. Another great vintage in the valley!

Walla Walla Valley; Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
100% Syrah
17 months in 27% new French oak puncheons and barrels, aged sur lie. 75% whole cluster.
Bottling Date: February 2020
Release Date: October 2020
Alcohol: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 164
Decant for an hour and consume now or age up to 15 years

Smoked game, meat, sage, thyme, a hint of green olive, lush tannin, building tannin, great acidity, mouth filling, long finish, well balanced.