Kurt and Vicki Schlicker got their winery started in 2000, which they named for a Walla Walla grain elevator station. Over the years, they’ve established relationships with some of the state’s top growers, and this refined Syrah reflects that — a blend of the Milbrandts’ two Clifton sites (50%) and the Williams family’s Ranch at the End of the Road on Red Mountain. The juice spent 22 months in primarily new French oak, which accounts for the aromas of a brownie topped by raspberry jam, plums, blackberry, vanilla and moist earth. The flavors feature black cherry, soft blackberries and plums. Tannins akin to plum skins provide firm elegance and acidity gives it a long and persistent finish.
Production: 567 cases