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Library Vintages

A blend of the best elements of the new and the old worlds; wines of dimension and pleasure, wines that allow the character of Washington to shine through.

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2004 La Serenne, Syrah

The track record for this Syrah has been impressive. The reasons are clear: a great vineyard site, conscientious care by owner Dick Boushey and low yields. 2004 was no different. Low cluster count and the stress of the summer heat of 2004's heat reduced the yields, and Dick's constant fine tuning of the vines (cutting off anything less than perfect grapes) further lowered the amount of fruit/vine so we ended up with below 2.5 tons/acre. As in the past the 2004 La Serenne is 100% Boushey Syrah, with its characteristic, abundant silky tannins. For me the overriding impression with this wine is its seamlessness on the palate. Sure, there are the dense black fruits, roasted coffee, earthy aromas and the black berry, smoky flavors, but the overall palate impact, huge and yet supple, is what lingers in my mind.

After 12 months in French oak barrels and nearly an additional year in bottle, this is the more forward of the two Syrahs, yet it will still strut its stuff 5 to 7 years down the road. It has the stuffing to go the distance, but is so sensuous right now that it is easily appreciated.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 88% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 9% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Merlot

Barrel Program:

  • 12 months in 100% French oak barrels

Aging Profile:

  • Best from 2004 through 2011
  • Serve cool, 60-62°F

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • 100% Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley