By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com
A sister winery of Pepperbridge in Walla Walla – Amavi allows winemaker, Jean-François Pellet, to have some fun with other varietals of grapes that don’t fall under the model of Pepper Bridge. This Syrah from the Walla Walla Les Collines vineyard is showing very well right now – let’s dive into it.
- Varietal(s): 100% Syrah
- Vineyard(s): 52% Les Collines, 35% Seven Hills, 15% Pepper Bridge
- Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
- Oak Program: 100% French oak;
- 14% new, 86% used
- Harvest Date(s): October 4-27, 2010
- Finished Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
- Total Production: 1,281 cases
- Bottling Date(s): February 16, 2012
- Release Date: May 4, 2012
- Price: $29
On the nose: Blackened plum sauce, peppercorn, bacon fat, violet, a hint of pencil lead, licorice and a match stick.
On the palate: A nearly sublime Syrah experience in that it does a splendid job of combing fruit, acid and tannin in a tremendous way. I love the mix of dark fruit, a hint of blueberry and smokiness that comes across on the palate here. It’s an easy pick for marinated beef or wild game. Beautiful mid-palate transition with a finish that hangs out for quite awhile.