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Syrah, Cuveé Orleans

Syrah, Cuveé Orleans Wine Details

Description: This is our seventh vintage of Cuvée Orleans. It is our most exclusive and limited bottling, a tribute to Doug McCrea’s birthplace, New Orleans. The fruit was sourced from two premier vineyards – Dick Boushey’s Grande Côte vineyard in central Yakima Valley, and Jim Holmes’s Ciel du Cheval vineyard on Red Mountain. 2003 was another very warm vintage in Washington State, much like ’98, ’00, ’01 and ‘02. July and August were hot, and we anticipated an unusually early harvest. Fortunately the weather cooled off in mid-September, allowing for more extended hang time. The wines from this vintage will be lush and fruit-forward with slightly higher alcohols, balanced by greater fruit intensity, tannins and excellent acidity.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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