Chuck Reininger proudly claims that his — the 10th bonded winery in the valley — was the first to use only Walla Walla Valley fruit. His top-flight Syrah from a cool vintage continues that legacy, a blend of Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards. Its perfumy aromas come with hints of lilac and lavender behind black plum, blackberry and gaminess, which also pick up French oak notes of mocha and vanilla. Inside are dark and rich brambleberries, backed by bright acidity of blueberry and Earl Grey tea. The length and balance should pair well with suggestion of a bacon burger with grilled mushrooms, lamb, spareribs, or brats. This wine is available primarily at the tasting room.
Production: 346 cases
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