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Januik Weinbau Syrah 2015
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Winery: Januik Winery
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Vintage: 2015
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Description: Weinbau Vineyard is located on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa. The vineyard is one of the oldest in the area and is known for its particularly fine silty loam soils. This talcum powder-like soil provides good drainage and heat retention. Thanks in part to its location at the eastern portion of the Wahluke Slope, the vineyard experiences more moderate temperatures that help create longer hangtime and ideal ripening conditions. WINEMAKING Both clones 174 and 877 were used in this bottling. After destemming and crushing, the grapes were fermented on their skins for an average eight days. After being pressed off, the wine was aged for 19 months in equal amounts of new and once used French oak barrels to improve its already lengthy finish. Racking the wine every four months created pliant tannins and a bold, stylish structure. TASTING NOTES This dark, rich Syrah is packed with elegant blackberry, black pepper, and warm spice notes on the nose. Plush and focused on the palate, the wine shows great suppleness and elegance. The long, polished finish was developed in part from aging in new French oak barrels


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
Wine Spectator 90 FOR THE 2013 VINTAGE
Rich and ripe, focused and taut, playing blackberry and cherry flavors against gravelly tannins, smoothing out nicely on the harmonious finish. Best after 2017. 299 cases made.
Wine Enthusiast NA FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
This wine's aromas suggest woodspice, herb, parsley, cherry and smoke. Its cherry and coffee flavors are light in style and cut short on the finish.