Estate Syrah 2014


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  • Vineyard:
    98% Umiker Vineyard (Lewis-Clark Valley)
    1% Arnett Vineyard (Lewis-Clark Valley)
    1% Rock n' J Vineyard (Lewis-Clark Valley)
  • Blend:
    95% Syrah
    3% Merlot
    1% Cabernet Franc
    1% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol:
  • Black currants, sweet tobacco, baking spice, & strawberry fruit leather with a velvety finish.

    2014 – “Outstanding!” – “The pride and joy of Karl and Coco Umiker’s program is their vineyard within the Lewiston (Idaho) Orchards. It’s a 6.5-acre planting in the historic Lewis-Clark Valley, and they established it at 1,350 feet elevation in 2003 on their family’s century farm. The Umikers rely on American oak for much of their winemaking, including their Syrah, choosing 30% new barrels for 17 months of aging. Aromas of vanilla bean, blueberry and black currant pick up hints of grilled sausage and light toast. It’s not a syrupy style of Syrah. Instead, it’s a more of a cool-climate expression with blueberry pie and cherry flavors backed by vibrant pomegranate acidity. Balanced tannins and a pinch of lavender lead to a lingering dark raspberry finish. Suggested pairings include gamy meats, lentils and dishes featuring fresh herbs.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2014 – 19/20 points. “Deep ruby colored, this wine emits intoxicating aromas of blackberries, blueberries, black currants, crushed roses, mulberry, pipe tobacco, lavender and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with black and blue fruits that are imbued with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and Clearwater River minerals. On the back, the wine turns thick and chewy, with notes of macerated berries, roasted nuts, kidskin leather, mocha and lanolin (“legs”), followed by a lingering, savory (nutmeg, clove, coriander) ripe tannin finish. All this suggests that the Umiker Vineyard is a prime source of Syrah.” –Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines

    2013 – “Outstanding!” – “A year from now, the Umikers likely will be able to use “Lewis-Clark Valley” — which they have championed — on the label as the American Viticultural Area for the Syrah that Carl grows and his wife, Coco, vinifies at their winery in Lewiston, Idaho. This wonder team has collaborated on one of the Pacific Northwest’s top 2013 examples of this Rhône variety, and it opens with busty aromas of huckleberry taffy from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, plums on parchment paper, dusty blueberry, milk chocolate and a strip of Western red cedar. The drink offers gobs of dark blue fruit akin to huckleberry pie, blackberry cobbler and blueberry, framed by a beautiful structure of espresso, vanilla and cocoa powder. Lingering dusty tannins, a sign of the Merlot (15%), simply add to the complexity we’ve come to expect from Wine Press Northwest’s reigning Idaho Winery of the Year.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2012 – “Outstanding!” – “Karl and Coco Umiker founded their winery and vineyard a decade ago in what is now the proposed Lewis-Clark Valley AVA surrounding the cities of Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston. This is where these grapes are grown, so the region already is shown great promise. It opens with aromas of dark chocolate, plum and blackberry, followed by delicious flavors of dark fruit and bacon backed with solid acidity. This earned a gold medal at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition.” –Great Northwest Wine

    2014 – Silver, TEXSOM International Wine Awards
    2014 – Platinum, Annual Wine Press NW Platinum Judging
    2014 – Double Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    2014 – “Outstanding!”, Great Northwest Wine
    2014 – 19/20 points, Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington Wines
    2013 – “Outstanding!”, Great Northwest Wine
    2013 – Silver, Great Northwest Invitational
    2012 – “Outstanding!”, Great Northwest Wine
    2012 – Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    2012 – Gold, 15th Annual Platinum Judging
    2011 – Silver, San Francisco Chronicle
    2011 – Silver, Idaho Wine Competition