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2016 DAMSEL SYRAH BOUSHEY VINEYARD
In the Yakima Valley on the southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Mountains lies a two-mile swath of vineyards planted at upper elevations (700 to 1200 feet). Critic Jon Bonne has hailed this vineyard as “one of the state’s top Syrah spots” while Wine and Spirits named owner and viticulturalist Dick Boushey 2007 Grower of the Year. With a round, velvety mouthfeel, 2016 Damsel Syrah Boushey Vineyard is bursting with ripe blackberry flavors framed by fine minerality and subtle smoky aromatics. “Succulent” raves James Suckling, awarding 94 points. This wine offers a bold accompaniment to lamb or slow-roasted pork shoulder.
49 cases produced
2016 DAMSEL SYRAH STILLWATER CREEK
A steep, south-facing slope featuring fractured basalt soils, Stillwater Creek Vineyard is planted with the most diverse selection of Syrah clones in the Washington State. “It’s a fascinating site,” according to The Seattle Times, “high in elevation and far enough north that grapes can hang a little longer without sugar accumulation. This results in wines with greater balance between ripe fruit, structure and alcohol.” The luscious 2016 Damsel Syrah Stillwater Creek offers fragrant blackberry fruit laced with sweet smoke and pepper amid a fine tension.
160 cases produced
2017 DAMSEL RED BLEND
Robust and enticing, this daily drinker is comprised of fruit sourced from both Stillwater and Boushey vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (40 precent), Merlot (30 percent), Syrah (25 percent), and Cabernet Franc (5 percent). dark cherry and currant with peppery aromatics and hints of sweet dried herb. Firm tannins and a bold, full-bodied mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
282 cases produced