2016 The Stones Speak Syrah
Walla Walla Valley
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
Funk Estate Vineyard
Small open top stainless steel fermenters. One third whole cluster with two thirds destemmed fruit. The cap was punched down three times per day by hand. Free run juice was transferred to 500 liter puncheons to complete fermentation.
17 months in French oak puncheons, 20% new
The 2016 is another stellar expression of Syrah from The Rocks. This wine opens with captivating aromas of cured meat, black olive, rocks funk, tobacco leaf and crème de cassis. Elegant on the palate with red and black fruits, roasted coffee, clove, anise, and a distinctive meaty note. A rich, beautiful wine with a lingering finish that beckons another sip. Enjoy!
95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck