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2013 MTR Productions Memory Found Syrah

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

93Jeb Dunnuck

...currants, leafy herbs, pepper, and tobacco, with subtle classic Rocks wildness balanced nicely by ample fruit. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and elegant on the palate...fresh, lively style...

91+ Stephen Tanzer

... Sexy, dark, Hermitage-like aromas of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, spices and game...terrific grip to its very dry black fruit and stone flavors. More salty than sweet... Finishes very dry and firm, with late notes of minerals and fresh blood...

91James Halliday

... Aromas of dried tobacco, firepit, olive and herbs lead to lighter-styled, juicy fruit flavors. It brings a lovely sense of elegance. Smoked meat flavors linger on the finish...

90Wine Spectator

Lively and expressive, with bold bacon fat aromas and zesty raspberry and licorice flavors that finish with refined tannins.

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.