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2009 Amavi Cellars Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Sister winery to the famed Pepper Bridge Winery, Amavi has been producing wines that are aimed at delivering a really good quality-to-price ratio and this 2009 Syrah lives up to that.

Sourced from Walla Walla AVA vineyards, the fruit in this wine is stellar and Jean-François Pellet (winemaker), doesn’t miss a beat in keeping the essence of that fruit.

Technical Data:

  • Varietal:  100% Syrah
  • Vineyard(s):   47% Les Collines, 43% Seven Hills, 10% Pepper Bridge
  • Appellation:  Walla Walla Valley
  • Oak Program: 100% French oak; 16% new, 84% used
  • Harvest Date(s): September 10 through October 9, 2009
  • Finished Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Total Production: 1,396 cases
  • Bottling Date: February 2, 2011
  • Release Date: May 6, 2011
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.00

Nose: Blueberry laced jerky and game. I also get gorgeous notes of black licorice, pepper, dark chocolate and blackberries.

Taste: Definitely get a flood of blueberry compot coming in along with an accompianment of black fruit, peppercorns, licorice and ink. Stellar dark and blue fruit combine with a nice acidic backbone and tannin to create what I feel is one of the better Washington Syrah values going. The finish lingers with flavors of ink, tobacco and blueberried dark cocoa – which lasts for days.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%