2010 Kevin White Winery Syrah “En Hommage”

Hello friends. I love it when a plan comes together.

Kevin White is a long-time Full Pull list member, and way back in 2010, we started talking about his potential winery project. At that time, he mentioned a series of mentors: Jon Martinez (Maison Bleue), Hugh Shiels (DuBrul Vineyard), and Leroy Radford (Baer / Flying Dreams). When I heard that list, I knew this was a project whose evolution deserved attention.

Now, nearly two years later, Kevin’s plan has come to fruition, with the release of his inaugural wine:

I’m not going to go into too much detail here, as this wine is quite limited: 100 cases produced, most of it already sold, and just a tiny parcel set aside for our list (thankfully!). Sean Sullivan recently wrote a typically thorough profile of the winery, for those of you who are looking for more depth.

The stated goal for the winery is “crafting traditional old-world style wines with complexity and balance that pair extraordinarily well with food,” and Kevin’s favorite wines come from Cote Rotie and Barolo, so that should give you a sense of the style and texture he’s after.

This Syrah comes entirely from Olsen Estate Vineyard, a site Kevin prizes for its ability to retain acidity even while accumulating a generous helping of Brix. It’s a lovely inaugural bottling, a beguiling mix of black cherry and stone. There is indeed a nice kick of Olsen acid that keeps things extremely fresh and vibrant. The alcohol is 14.9%, but this drinks with a briskness that belies that stat. It’s nervy, energetic, and presents a fine complement to a wide range of foods.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($25); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: **** (Excellent).”

As I mentioned, this is quite limited, and it will not be available for reorder. Please limit order requests to 3 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should be delivered in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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