2017 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
A pure expression of Syrah from The Rocks District. This single vineyard, terroir-driven wine displays profound aromatics of dark fruits, olive tapenade, moist earth and iron with a tinge of anise and smoky bacon. The texture is divine with complex layers of red and black fruits, umami, tobacco, grilled portobello mushrooms and an overall savory, silky sensation that is irresistible. Drink 2020-2030.
96 Points – Doug Wilder, Domestic Wine Report
94 Points – Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog
93 Points & Editor’s Choice – Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
93 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
93 Points & One of the Year’s Best Syrahs – Wine & Spirits