Our first ever Syrah completely from the Walla Walla Valley. The 2015 vintage was so warm, all of our Syrah came on at once and we quickly picked our blocks so as not to allow them to become over ripe. These wines were hand sorted and about 25% whole cluster fermented. We cold soaked all lots prior to native and selected yeast strains taking on the fermentation and they went through all-natural secondary fermentation in barrel. The lots were aged sur lie in French oak barrels and puncheons for 16 months without racking prior to being bottled. The finished blend ended up being 60% from Loess Vineyard and 40% from Les Collines Vineyard — all co-fermented with 5% Viognier. It is dark red in color, and opens up with red raspberry, menthol, tobacco and a nice smoked meat note. This vintage could do with a bit of time in a decanter or bottle as it has some nice lush and firm tannin, but an awesome, racy streak of acid to balance and a long finish. We are so happy to offer you a 100% Walla Walla Valley Syrah.
Gallatin Valley, Montana — US Territory
Howling wind, driving snow and frigid temperatures were the setting that fateful winter evening as my great uncle, Robert Tillman Matthews, braved the Montana elements to save a young filly half buried and freezing to death in the snow. It was a dramatic rescue, but one that Uncle Tim would soon regret. Shortly after returning to the warmth of his barn, Uncle Tim found himself staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of horse thieving by the filly’s owner. A fight ensued and unfortunately Uncle Tim didn’t have a chance to explain his side of the story... he was shot and killed that cold night in his barn. Eventually the perpetrator was caught and brought to trial for murder. He spent his remaining days in the Deer Lodge Territorial Prison for gunning down Uncle Tim that cold winter night.
Sometimes doing the right thing leads one down an unexpected path of fate. We still believe in doing the right thing and this wine is dedicated to the memory of Great Uncle Robert Tillman Matthews – may he rest in peace.
Walla Walla Valley
45% new, 55% once filled French oak, 16 months, aged on the lees without racking in 225L barrels and 500L puncheons.
Bottling Date: January 2017
Release Date: September 2017
Cases Produced: 451
“Sometimes the greatest adventure begins when you return home.”