2020 The Stones Speak Syrah
Walla Walla Valley
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
Stones Speak Estate Vineyard
Handpicked and hand sorted into 1.5 and 2 ton 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. After pressing the must, the young wine was transferred to 500-liter puncheons to complete fermentation.
17 months in French oak puncheons, 20% new
It’s been said that every wine has a story to tell. The Stones Speak Syrah comes from an extraordinarily cobbly soil that holds the secret to a most seductive, intriguing story that leaves the taster yearning to know more about how the wine acquires these funky, savory delicious characteristics. This single vineyard, terroir-driven wine displays distinctive aromatics of red berry fruit, briny olive tapenade, peppered bacon, hoisin, savory herbs, and petrichor. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and rich with layers of red and black fruits, umami, smoked meat, and mouthwatering salinity. This wine will age beautifully and benefit from time in the cellar. The secret is in the stones. Enjoy!
96 Points – International Wine Report
94 Points – James Suckling
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast
92 Points/Year’s Best US Rhone Varieties – Wine & Spirits
91 Points – Vinous