Hello friends. What would you do? You’re 40 years old and have been a producer at CNN for your entire adult life. You have a career and a comfortable existence in Atlanta. By traditional American standards, you have crafted a successful life. But behind the curtain, all is not well. News production is an unhappy business. You’re surrounded by colleagues who are driven to abject misery by producing and reporting a seemingly-endless stream of bad news.
So what would you do? Would you swallow your sense of impending doom and continue on with your tread-worn life. I suspect most of us would. I wonder if I would. Or maybe you would drop everything and move your family 3000 miles to become a world-class winemaker in Walla Walla. That’s what Steve Brooks did.
As Steve was looking long and hard at his CNN career, he happened to read a New York Times article about the burgeoning wine scene in Walla Walla. As he thought about winemaking, he realized that he could not remember being in a winery tasting room that had a single unhappy person in it. Warm, happy wineries were the equatorial counterpoint to the frozen north pole of news production.
Several years later, after a long move west and apprenticeships at Long Shadows and Northstar, Steve had his happy winery. He named it after the one ingredient he needed beyond his profound sense of initiative: trust. To make a move of that magnitude required the trust of his family: their confidence that despite inevitable obstacles, the ending of their story would be a happy one. And it required Steve to trust himself: to believe in his gut; his instinct that this would be a change for the better.
A visit to Trust Cellars is always a highlight of my trips to Walla Walla. Steve is as laid back and funny as his story is inspirational, and his wines have been terrific from the very first vintage (2005). I’m thrilled that so many of you have enjoyed Steve’s Riesling, which we offered in October (I will include a reorder link for this wine at the end of the offer in case any of you want to revisit that beauty).
You really can’t go wrong with any of the wines in the Trust lineup, but today we’re offering the one that’s in the shortest supply. Steve just sent his final parcel of 2007 Walla Walla Valley Syrah west of the mountains. Once this parcel is gone, we will all just have to wait until the 2008 vintage is released.
This is fantastic Syrah and a great value (even with Syrah falling rapidly – and in my opinion, foolishly – out of fashion, it’s still difficult to find Walla Walla Syrah under $30). Les Collines Syrah forms the foundation of the wine (61%), bringing its alluring truffle and earth notes. That fruit is blended with lush, blackberry-driven Va Piano Syrah (28%) and a small amount of Lewis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon for acid. The oak (all French, but only 22% new) is relegated to the background, of this black, silky, complex Syrah that is as pleasurable to drink as its complexities are to contemplate.
We have first crack at this parcel, so I will open order requests up to a maximum of 12 bottles and hope that our list snaps up the majority of what remains (I will certainly be adding some of these bottles to my personal collection). We will have this wine in our warehouse in less than a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping.