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Fausse Piste Riverrock Vineyard Syrah 2010

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I like Fausse Piste Riverrock Vineyard Syrah 2010 because it achieves balance (see below). Concentrated, smoky plum and currant meets savory grilled herb and olive, with violet highlights. Bold meets pretty, for a nice melding of New and Old World styles.

I'll say something a bit controversial: sometimes I find "the rocks" unappealing. By "the rocks" I mean the rocky-soiled areas of the ancient Walla Walla River Valley. You know, the neighborhood were some of the worlds highest rated wines are from. There, I said it. I love salt (a lot) but sometimes the Syrahs are too briny, lacking fruit to balance the over-the-top olive/salted meat/liquid stone notes. It's not because I don't appreciate Northern Rhone Syrahs (or domestic wines styled after them), because I love virtually everything from Cote Rotie, St. Joseph, Cornas, etc. I like when those briny, non-fruity characteristics are balanced by, well, fruit. Plum, red or black cherry, black or blueberry, whatever. 

Jesse's flagship wine is sourced from the "Grand Cru" of the Walla Walla Valley, the soil of ancient cobblestones from the Walla Walla River. This is a cooler interpretation of Syrah, coming from low-yielding Riverrock Vineyard, attentively grown by a Milton Freewater native, Dana Dibble. Seventy-five percent whole cluster ferment, followed by 22 months in neutral French oak (one puncheon and three barrels). 125 cases produced. - Jesse


Category: Syrah, Walla Walla, Washington

Type: Syrah


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