Winery Website: www.saviahcellars.com
Winery Phone #: 509-520-5166
Richard Funk, winemaker and owner of Saviah Cellars, is one of the more passionate dudes you’ll meet in the Washington Wine industry and his wine typically reflects that. I’ve been familliar with his wine for several years now and have generally held it in high regard as being great quality.
Over the years, Richard has really done a good job of cementing great working-relationships with some of the state’s top grape growers and his latest 2006 Red Mountain Syrah exemplify what a tasty Syrah from this AVA is capable of tasting like.
Appellation: Red Mountain
Vineyard: Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard
Benton City, Washington
Acidity: pH 3.64
TA 0.60 g/100mL
Alcohol 14.3% By Volume
Fermentation: 36-hour cold soak; 50% whole berry primary fermentation with
multiple stage yeast inoculation followed by secondary malolactic
fermentation; 100% complete.
Barrel aging: 100% French oak barrels
30% New French oak
Aged 16 months
Cases Produced: 227 cases
Bottling Date: February 13, 2008
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Nose: Dark cherries, plums, blueberries and loads of blackberries..Some sprinkles of vanilla…
Taste: Excellent mouth-feel – very smooth.. Well structured tannins which finish very smooth. The fruit does a great job of balancing the alcohol. tastes like berry pie. I get the floods of blackberries and black plums which are layered in leather straps and vanilla.
Rich has done a good job of nailing down a Syrah which showcases the terrior of Red Mountain – it has a good finish, is very food-friendly and is a Syrah I’d highly encourage all of you to seek out. The fruit on this wine and its structure present a very good overall wine experience.