2012 Syrah Estate
Lifted floral notes of violet and lavender combine with deep aromas of blueberry, plum and tobacco leaf. The wine is fresh and focused on the palate, with flavors of wild blackberry, fresh currants and hibiscus. Silky, fine-grained tannins slowly expand across the palate, continually building in intensity without ever overshadowing the purity of the fruit. A classic example of cool-climate Syrah.
The Tranche Syrah is harvested from exceptional blocks within our Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard. Cool temperatures throughout the 2012 growing season produced deeply fragrant wines with high natural acidity and purity of bright fruit flavors. Our Syrah blocks were harvested in early November and hand-sorted into two-ton, open-top fermenters. Individual lots were basket pressed at dryness and filled into new and once used French oak puncheons and barriques for period of 22 months. The finished blend was racked and then bottled, and received a further 24 months of bottle maturation prior to release.
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Production: 221 cases
2016 Pink Pape
2014 Pape Blanc
2013 Slice of Pape
2015 Pinot Gris
2012 Sangiovese Estate
2012 Tempranillo Estate
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
2012 Cabernet Franc Estate
2012 Syrah Estate
Our complete lineup of Tranche wines is sliced into three different series: our ‘Rhone Series’, our ‘Mediterranean Series’ and our ‘Estate Series’.
Grapes native to France’s Rhône Valley are the focus of our ‘Slice of Pape’ program – our homage particularly to the blended wines of the Southern Rhône. Slice of Pape, Slice of Pape Blanc, and Pink Pape (our dry rosé) are crafted from the best of these traditional varietals. Separately and together, they offer you a New World expression of these classic Old World wines. We include in our Spring release our Pinot Gris as it is the perfect complement to the menus of Spring and Summer, and ideal for sipping on the deck.
In our ongoing efforts to expand our reach with other varietally-focused wines, we look to grapes whose origins are within the Mediterranean region. Again the goal is to express the traditional characteristics of each varietal, capturing the essence in each wine’s distinctive aromas and flavors. We invite you to explore these special wines that have been inspired by the Mediterranean standard-bearers.
And finally, the cornerstones of our portfolio, we produce limited quantities of varietal wines, each focusing on a single grape. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah express the terroir of our Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard in Walla Walla. The Chardonnay comes from our Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA, renown for growing the finest Chardonnay in Washington State. In these wines you can taste the grape’s unique character – its aromas, flavors, texture and detail.