Hello friends. Rich Funk’s Saviah Cellars is a fine example of the myriad benefits of estate vineyards. He planted his Funk Estate Vineyard down in the rocks of the Walla Walla Valley back in 2007, so those vines have been in production for several years now. And yes, they’ve made some beautiful single-vineyard Syrahs, but better yet: it seems that Rich is allowing some of that good Funk juice to cascade into his Walla Walla Valley Syrah, and all of the sudden that bottling – which always offered strong quality for the price – has become a can’t miss:
We actually had this wine lined up for an offer later in the year, but then Harvey Steiman published a terrific review in Wine Spectator Insider, and now I’m being told that this will be our one shot to access this wine; it’ll be sold out in a matter of weeks. Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 93pts.”
To put the strength of this review into context: Harvey has reviewed 95 Syrahs from the fabulous 2012 vintage in Washington. Of those, only nine have earned stronger reviews: four from Cayuse/Horsepower, four from Reynvaan, one from Gramercy. The scores range from 94pts-96pts, and prices range from $52 to $115, with a median of $80. This is a strong price/score combination, and if the production level were a little higher (it’s 469cs), I’d be talking about its chances to land on the Top 100 list.
So, I was pretty sure from smelling/tasting this that it involved some Funk Estate fruit: that kelpy minerally brackish umami-ness was pretty easy to detect. And I was right. Funk Estate comprises the backbone of this Syrah, blended with Watermill Estate (a site also in the rocks; literally across the street from Cayuse), and Anna Marie Vineyard, in the neighborhood of Seven Hills Vineyard and Abeja’s Heather Hill Vineyard. It sees about a year and a half in French oak, very little new (about 20%), and it clocks in at 14.4% listed alc. It’s an inky wine, offering notes of black olive, black plum, and loads of salty/minerally/afore-mentioned-umami tones. There is something smoky and sultry about this one; it offers serious come-hither charm. The plush texture, the overall sense of stuffing and balance, the long finish: all indicate a wine with plenty of miles in the tank. Bravo to Rich for a fine evocation of Walla Walla terroir!
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.