In 2010, we acquired an old block of Syrah in Red Willow Vineyard-heck yeah! For those unfamiliar with Red Willow, Mike Sauer and his family were the first to plant Syrah in Washington in 1983, at the insistence of David Lake (MW), who thought the Yakima Valley would be a fantastic area for the varietal, and now many people now consider Red Willow to be the best Syrah vineyard in Washington. Unbelievably, we were offered our first block in 2010 after Greg sat on a Syrah panel with Mike Sauer. In 2012, we were offered another block in the Marcoux section of the property. The Syrah from Red Willow adds a red fruit component to the blend. More importantly, it adds a granite minerality that comes through in the best northern Rhône wines. The 2010 Lagniappe combines Red Willow, Olsen, and Les Collines Vineyards. It is a wine that will require time, more so than any Lagniappe in the past, however, we feel it is our best to date.
Wine Advocate: 95 Points
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