Hello friends. New vintage today of one of the most popular Washington Syrahs we offer. Fortunately, we’re able to continue at the same pricing we had for the 2012 vintage, which is down considerably from the $28 of vintages past:
Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.” That’s a fine review from Mr. Sullivan, who we all know by now is not inclined to play fast and loose with the points.
I also like to quote the inimitable Jon Marvin from Cavatappi when we offer Ex Umbris. Jon represents Owen Roe locally, and he has a unique perspective on this wine, having worked at Pike & Western when the first vintage was released:
As many of our list members who have accessed the past few vintages know, it’s true: this wine really is better than ever. The vineyard sources for the 2013 are fantastic: Red Willow, Union Gap, DuBrul, Outlook, and Destiny Ridge. The wine spent just shy of a year in French oak, only 12% new, and it clocks in at 14.1% listed alc. The nose contains black fruit, star anise, and yes, a smoky earthy note like peat moss. Exotic and alluring for sure. In the mouth, this is an intense, smoky, palate-staining mix of ink-black fruit and salty/briny/savory elements that begin as subtleties and really come to the fore with time and oxygen exposure. As usual with Ex Umbris, the texture is noteworthy for its supple quality, its ability to glide across the palate effortlessly. At the end of my tasting, I was left with the question: Is there a better $20 value in Washington Syrah?