2000 La Serenne, Syrah
This is the new Syrah vineyard for us, despite the old name. The grapes were grown on the Boushey Vineyard outside of Grandview in the Yakima Valley, a sensational Syrah site. It's cooler there during the summer than at Red Mountain so we harvest 10-14 days later. The fruit is more berry focused and spicier, with a bit higher alcohol.
Dick Boushey has the rare combination of a terrific vineyard site and a personal passion for excellence. His meticulous care provides us with bold, deeply colored fruit.
100% Syrah from the Mid Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard
110 cases produced, bottled December 2001
Why two Syrahs? From the beginning the wines from these two sites expressed different character. They made a fine wine when we combined them during our blending trials, but we found they were even better kept separate. They reflect a greater sense of "terroir", the character of their origins. A favorite? We'll keep on analyzing the evidence...