Hello friends. Jeb Dunnuck’s annual set of Washington reviews was released on Friday, and we’ve been fielding a number of reorder requests for different wines that performed well for Mr. Dunnuck. One of the most popular reorder targets is one of Dunnuck’s highest-scoring Syrahs. It’s still available, but only barely:
There’s only a small parcel of this still kicking around western Washington. We have a hold on a chunk of it, but that hold evaporates Wednesday morning, so please try to submit order requests by the end of the day Tuesday. We might be able to build a buffer for latecomer orders, but no promises.
We originally offered this wine on March 23, 2016. Here are some quick excerpts from that offer:
Lagniappe is rapidly becoming Greg and Brandon’s showcase for Red Willow Vineyard Syrah. The 2012 was two-thirds Red Willow; this 2013 is 80%. It’s fascinating seeing this site through the Gramercy prism.
Here are Greg’s notes: We are continually fascinated by Red Willow Vineyard, farmed by the Sauer family in the Yakima Valley. Each year it seems to get better and better. We debated with making the 2013 Lagniappe a single vineyard wine. The Red Willow fruit could easily stand alone. However, with this wine we return to the past a bit. In 2005, when we first made Lagniappe, it was a blend of Yakima fruit and Forgotten Hills. In 2013, we again learned how brilliant Forgotten Hill blends with the great Syrah of Yakima. And blending it with Red Willow took the wine to another level. The final blend is 80% Red Willow and 20% Forgotten Hills Phelps Clone. This wine was fermented 85% on stems and aged in a mix of older 225L and 500L puncheons for 18 months. Tasting notes: Smoked meat, intense core of red fruit, blueberry, mineral, black olive, pepper. Medium to medium plus bodied. Extremely complex.
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.