2007 Olsen Estates Heritage Syrah

Hello friends. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we bought every single bottle of every single Olsen Estates wine remaining in Washington and Oregon. We still have a few small lots on the extras shelf at the warehouse, and we also have some remaining bottles of the 2009 Merlot offered on March 11 (I’ll include a reorder link for that one at the bottom of this offering).

Today let’s jump into another large lot:

Heritage Syrah was Olsen’s flagship wine. Released at $45, it was a selection of the best five barrels from the best vineyards, and it was small production, at 120 cases. The classy bottle design was completely different from the rest of the Olsen lineup.

As it turned out, this wine was destined to live for only two vintages: 2007 and 2008. The Olsen folks submitted the 2008 vintage to Wine Spectator, and Harvey Steiman responded with a strong review and a 93pt score. That review easily depleted the 2008, but since the 2007 was never submitted to Spectator for review, it languished. And languished. Until it was offered to us.

Now six years past vintage (perfect timing!) and from the wonderful 2007 vintage, it should come as no surprise that this wine is in a sweet spot right now. The aromatics combine coffee/cocoa-dusted bacon with brambly raspberries and blueberries. On the palate, the fruit is still remarkably fresh and primary considering the wine’s age. That time in bottle has sanded down any rough edges this wine once had. What remains is a plush, silky mouthful of rich blackberry fruit and mocha, with lovely Yakima Valley meaty highlights. It’s a serious, supple bottle of Washington Syrah, the finest that the Olsens grew and bottled in 2007.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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