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2018 Domaine de Pierres
Ancient Stones Vineyard Syrah
Domaine de Pierres shows it’s unique origin immediately with a lighter purple core that fades to ruby at the edge of the glass. The aromatics are savory, but with a bright core of expressive fruit as well. Raspberry liqueur, blood orange rind, and pomegranate are immersed into an exotic bouquet of white pepper, green and black olive, hoisin, and dried pipe tobacco. On the palate, it’s lush and round, with a laser beam of rich, black raspberry and cherry supported by fresh sage, cedar, and black tea. The structure is silky and supple but with enough acidity to keeps things fresh. The 2018 Domaine de Pierres shows why “The Rocks” are one of the most sought-out places for Syrah in North America. It can hang in the cellar for at least 12-15 years.
Domaine de Pierres (Field of Stones), is the newest addition to our family of single-site Syrahs. The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA near Walla Walla is named after the softball-sized stones permeating the vineyards there, creating Syrah distinct from any other place in Washington State. Our affection for site-expressive Syrah led us here in 2014 when we purchased the Ancient Stones Vineyard and immediately got to work tilling the soil multiple times each year to expose the latent rocks. Each year we learn more about this exquisite site and we couldn’t be more delighted to share the delicious results.