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97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“Co-fermented with Viognier, the 2015 Syrah The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard was fermented with plenty of stems and brought up mostly in neutral oak. Candied violets, game, blackcurrants, and incense notes all emerge from this beautiful, seamless beauty. It has a rich, full-bodied profile on the palate as well as a great mid-palate, fine tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. This is another singular, layered, silky beauty from this team. Keep in mind, this comes from very young vines, so I suspect the best is yet to come here, which is saying something at this quality level.”
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (v2014)
“Always one of my favorite wines, this is the first vintage completely from the Powerline Vineyard. The 2014 Syrah The Beautiful offers a sensational bouquet of camphor, black olive, pepper, damp earth and assort dark fruit. Ripe, full-bodied, unctuous, yet still seamless and elegant, it’s a totally awesome red to enjoy over the coming decade or more.”
Super brooding beauty. Where do I begin? Full-bodied, finesseful, multi-layered. Depth for days. Black and green olives, hung meat, dark earth, stone on the tongue. Gorgeous texture and exceptional length. The descriptive words could spill from my mouth indefinitely. Take a taste to find your own words.
Powerline Vineyard (100%): A 30-acre Estate Vineyard planted in 2012 in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, just south of Walla Walla in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The soils are well-drained with cobblestone river rocks and underlying layers of sand and gravel deposits, allowing vines to develop very deep and strong roots. The cobblestone rock was brought down river from the Blue Mountains and deposited on top of the ancient river bed. The deep sand and silt below the stones bring a great purity to the grapes, while high elevations keep acids high and alcohol low, producing very well-balanced wines with remarkable complex characters.
Vintage: The 2015 harvest was the warmest vintage in recorded history, with fantastic viticulture and a great extended harvest. Because of this, we were able to make some of the most incredible wines to date. The vintage was dry and long with an early bud break and late harvest that had cool evenings to guarantee incredible quality. The 2015 wines have big complex flavors, good acidity and great balance.