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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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2005 La Côte Rousse, Syrah


We built on the success of the 2004 vintage by increasing the amount of Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah (40% of total) that we incorporate into this Red Mountain blend. It adds power and structure to the lush and silken Syrah we get from Scott Williams’ Vineyard (60%). Blended together our lots from the two vineyards made for Washington’s top scoring Syrah from the 2004 vintage (Wine Spectator, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar).

The 2005 vintage is a wine of great fruit intensity. Blackberry, blueberry and sweet cherry are the foundation while roasted meat, smoke and spice add to the overall complexity. It’s ultra lush and rich, but still retains its Red Mountain structure: dense and sinewy. This wine has the stuffing for long term aging. If you choose to open it now please decant and watch it develop; as with La Serenne it, too, is the longest lived of the Côte Rousse Syrahs we’ve made.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 100% Syrah

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

Red Mountain

  • 60% Kiona Vineyard
  • 40% Ciel du Cheval Vineyard