Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bergevin Lane Vineyards Wahluke Slope "Oui Deux" Syrah

Bergevin Lane Vineyards Wahluke Slope "Oui Deux" Syrah 2008
Walla Walla, Washington

I don't know about you, but when I think Washington State wine, Syrah isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Cab Sauv, Merlot, Riesling -- sure. But Syrah? Well, clearly I've been needing to expand my horizons, because this wine is a delight.

Bergevin Lane make this Syrah in the style of Côte-Rôtie -- that gorgeous roasted slope in the northern Rhone Valley where Viognier is co-fermented with Syrah to add perfume (and stabilize the color). For this domestic version, the grapes are primarily from Wahluke Slope AVA, the warmest growing region in the State. Bergevin Lane calls this wine "Oui Deux" -- yes, two!

Review: The Oui Deux has a gorgeous deep ruby color and concentrated aromas of black figs, dried plums, nutmeg and fennel. These notes are repeated on the palate with rich flavors of ripe plum jam, toasted walnuts, cocoa, and wild herbs. I love the texture of this wine; the tannins are super ripe and soft with only the mildest bit of astringency. Mouth coating and perfect for food pairing. Which leads me to...

Food Pairing: Something meaty. I would say some herbed grilled lamb to accompany the meaty and herbaceous flavors in the wine. Yum.

Bottom Line: Absolutely lovely.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2008
  • PLACE: Wahluke Slope AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPES: 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier
  • BOOZE: 14.3%
  • AGEING: 20 months in a regime of barriques, 37.5% French, 37.5% American, 25% Hungarian
  • CELLAR: Drink now, will hold for a few more years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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