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K Vintners "Morrison Lane" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2012

Wine Spectator 96pts:

Distinctly minerally, with wet stone and salty overtones to the rich plum and blackberry fruit, merging harmoniously on the powerful finish as this persists beautifully. Drink now through 2025.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94pts:

The 2012 Syrah Morrison Lane is one of the more classic, straight and focused Syrahs in the lineup. Showing lots blackberry, kirsch, ground herbs and pepper, it's full-bodied, balanced and even elegant, with plenty of tannic grip. Give it a year and enjoy bottles through 2027.

From the winemaker:

Oldest Syrah plantings in the Walla Walla Valley, southeastern facing slopes, slightly cooler site in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Soil composition consists of Touchet silt loam and riverwash, sandy loam with coarse sand and gravel. Planted in 1984.

Washington’s vintners were overjoyed at what they tasted after a growing season that tracked very much like 2008, one of the best vintages in memory. Depths of color and flavor in an abundant crop that retained its desired acidity seems to have put a smile on most winemakers’ faces. Following several cooler vintages, 2012 allowed the vines to ripen normally. The waves of fruit came in smoothly. Fruit could hang longer without
worrying about getting too ripe. The steady ripening also allowed for beautiful structure and elegance.

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