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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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2008  La Côte Rousse, Syrah

Red Mountain vineyards once again put their signature on this wine. Despite the blend of four clones from two vineyards, 2008 La Côte Rousse ultimately is strongly influenced by its origin. The firm palate grip, slower evolution of tannins and great breadth ultimately distinguishes this from our other Syrahs, and those characteristics are because of its Red Mountain origins.

This year’s blend is nearly equal portions of the two vineyards so it meshes the sinewy complexity of Ciel du Cheval with the sweet pure fruit of Kiona Vineyards. The result is a black red core with a deep edge. Blackberry, earth and licorice dominate the aroma, while a penetrating meaty, blue/black fruit note dominates the flavor. It has the typical La Côte Rousse dimension and with its additional tannin should cellar for years to come.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 100% Syrah

Barrel Program:

  • 12 months 100% French Oak barrels, 50% new oak, 50% one fill

Aging Profile:

  • Serve cool, 60-62°F
  • Best from 2012 through 2018.


AVA & Vineyard Detail:

Red Mountain

  • Ciel du Cheval
  • Kiona Vineyard