This is only the second release (and second vintage overall) of Syrah from Grant Coulter and Renee Saint-Amour’s Hundred Suns label, one of the most exciting winery launches of the last couple years. While Grant is best known for the Oregon wines he’s made (including the #3 wine in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2016, Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot noir 2014), his inaugural Syrah release, Minuit 2015, was an enormous success with our club members and customers.
They are the epitome of a family run micro-winery: everything is done by their hands, including the label design (by Grant -- pretty rad labels, if you ask us!). Only 53 cases were made.
From Grant and Renee: “The second vintage of our amphora series, which originated as a result of inspiration from wines we tasted that were raised in similar vessels. We felt that maybe this vessel could be the answer to peeling away some of the ragged tannins created by fermenting Syrah 100% whole cluster.
“Whole clusters were added to the open top fermenter without sulfur addition. Native fermentation took hold after 5 days and the juice was gently circulated twice daily to extract color and flavor from the skins and stems. Because of the warm season and ripe fruit, the tannins were complete and balanced after 17 days. The wine was basket pressed to a 400 liter terracotta amphora. After 10 months in terracotta, the wine was moved to neutral oak for 4 months. Minimal sulfur was added. Wines were gravity bottled, unfined and unfiltered
“The end result tastes initially like the bounty of the Pacific Northwest: blackberry, marionberry, and blueberry with a hint of warm, dusty earth. A final kiss of savory marrow adds ballast and dimension to the wine.”