The 2009 vintage of this limited production, 100% Syrah is sourced primarily from the Anna Marie Vineyard. Located at the south end of the Walla Walla AVA, this vineyard is one of the warmest sites in the valley, yielding grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of blackberry and blueberry and elegant tannins. The balance of the fruit was sourced from Williamís Ranch Vineyard on Red Mountain. At harvest, grapes were destemmed and crushed leaving 40% whole berries intact. Lots cold-soaked for two days and then were inoculated with yeast from Franceís Cote du Rhone and from Franceís Cote Rotie region. Grapes were fermented for 7 days with daily punchdowns and then racked into barrels for aging. The wine aged 18 months in 75% French and 25% American oak with 38% new oak barrels. Itís spicy and with cedary cigar box notes playing of meaty, savory notes and dashes of blueberry, boysenberry and chocolate. With extended bottle age it has gained a velvety soft mouthfeel and a long lingering finish.