Horse Heaven Hills
We refer to 2008 as the vintage of the one armed winemaker! Joe tore his rotator cuff while hiking with our son & had surgery the day after we pressed the Sauvignon Blanc. Our family friend, John Nevers agreed to be our cellar apprentice. He was literally Joe’s right hand man.
The spring and summer were very cool. We rarely saw temperatures break 100°, usually they were in the low 90’s. We experienced a slow, even ripening resulting in incredibility balanced grapes. Harvest and fermentation progressed normally. The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
The 2008 Syrah is big and spicy with expressive aromas of bacon, chocolate and blueberries followed by silky tannins on a mouthful of plums, blueberries and blackberries finishing with that trademark mocha.
Once again, we co-fermented the Syrah with 8% Viognier in a classic Côte Rôtie style. The grapes were sourced from McKinley Springs vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. It was aged in 100% on vintage old French oak for 15 months. We produced only 150 cases. The ideal consumption is 3 to 7 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 10 years. The alcohol by volume is 13.5%. It was bottled January 14, 2010.
92 Paul Gregutt Wine Enthusiast
Dan Radil Bellingham Herald The 2008 Horse Heaven Hills Syrah is a real knockout. The wine is absolutely stunning with its smoky/berry aromas and big, round flavors of blueberry and black plum. Nuances of lardo, bacon fat and spicy mocha linger on the finish.
Chuck Hill Wines Northwest Joe and Rebecca Gunselman are committed to using fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills and are very fond of the fruit they get from McKinley Springs Vineyard. This Syrah was co-fermented with 8% Viognier in the style of France’s Cote Rotie. Aromas of dusty blackberry, smoky bacon and hints of floral perfume lead to flavors of blueberry, earthy chocolate and spicy herbs. No new oak was used in aging this wine, allowing the fruit its maximum expression of terroir. Nice with the barbecue.