Roland Wines 2011 Red Willow Vineyard Solstice Syrah, Yakima Valley, $24

By on May 14, 2015

roland-wines-red-willow-vineyard-solistice-syrah-2011-labelLongview, Wash., winemaker Marc Roland pours his small lots at his small neighborhood tasting room that he transformed from a gas station, and this vintage of his work with historic Red Willow Vineyard could definitely be labeled as “premium.” Earthy aromas of moist forest floor and black olive are wrapped in black cherry and plum, which are followed by a rich entry of dark plum and red currant. It’s lighter in style with a smooth and juicy midpalate of chocolate-covered pomegranate, followed by a savory and food-friendly farewell of black olive and horehound.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 80 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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  1. […] It’s remarkable that a winery of Marc Roland’s size and youth gains access to Washington state’s oldest site for this Rhône grape, and the Sauer famliy’s fruit has elevated the profile of this young winery in Longview. His latest release of Syrah opens with aromas of huckleberry and blackberry milkshake, backed by vanilla, toast and moist earth. The pour brings rich flavors of Hostess Blackberry pie and dried blueberry, which are focused around sandy tannins that bring good grip to the finish of elderberry. Look for this to develop into a wine as remarkable as Roland’s 2011 version. […]

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