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2013 Va Piano Vineyards Les Collines Vineyard Syrah

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March 11, 2018 - $32

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RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

Fresh, yet concentrated, with terrific black fruits, smoked meats, pepper and liquid violets aromas and flavors, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a ripe, voluptuous texture and a great finish.

92Wine Spectator

Plays deep, tarry, smoky, licorice-scented black fruit flavors against a lithe structure, with the tannins nicely arrayed to let the flavors shine through.

92Stephen Tanzer

Juicy and suave in the mouth, showing superb lift and definition to its flavors of dark berries, black cherry and minerals.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.