2012 Walla Walla Valley Syrah
Washington: Walla Walla Valley
Today’s Amavi Cellars 2012 Walla Walla Valley Syrah is a fantastic wine that really took our tasting panel by surprise. This wine is big, dark and juicy, with great balance and plenty of character. The wine is so good that Agent Red vows to return to Walla Walla in search of other fantastic examples of the varietal.
Today’s wine was crafted by third generation winegrower Jean-François Pellet. After graduating with degrees in both enology and viticulture, Jean-François made wines in France and Spain - before taking the winemaking posting at Napa Valley’s fabled Heitz Cellars. When presented with the opportunity to partner in Amavi Cellars, Jean-François jumped - and never looked back.
The unique climate, distinct soils and geography of the winery presented an exciting and intriguing opportunity that Jean-François could not resist. Today he applies his passion and experience to making some of the best wines in Walla Walla, both for Amavi Cellars and its sister winery Pepperbridge Winery.
Here’s what Robert Parker had to say about today’s wine:
“Big, rich and voluptuously styled, the 2012 Syrah is another wine that shows the vintage nicely. Medium to full-bodied, with fabulous fruit and texture, it boasts loads of plum, blackberry, licorice, singed herbs and hints of meat in its forward, very drinkable personality. …should continue to impress through 2020. As always, the Amavi Cellars releases represent superb values.” 90 points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
Inky crimson hues from the edge of the wine to the darker core.
Spiced blackberry and black cherry out front, followed by plum, cassis, anise, crushed dried rose petal, toasty oak, cigar box and sweet spices.
Rich stewed blackberry, plum and black cherry preserves, followed by caramelized sugar, Cassis, sweet spice, baker’s chocolate, powdered cocoa, spice and oak.
Long and packed with flavors that start sweet and end on the savory side.
Go out on a limb and try this wine with a medium-spicy Chili Colorado! For the less adventurous, enjoy with a Moroccan spiced lamb burger.
What the Winery Says
- Jean-François Pellet
- 98% Syrah, 2% Grenache
- 63% Les Collines, 16% Stone Valley, 12% Seven Hills, 7% Pepper Bridge, 2% Summit View
- Walla Walla Valley
- 100% French. 89% used; 11% new
- Harvest Dates
- 9/25 - 10/23, 2012
- 2,354 cases