Covey Run Syrah
Dark, soft and spicy with a deep red-purple hue. The nose, reminiscent of a Côte-Rôtie, is full of dark berry fruits with smoky oak and chocolate undertones. Rich flavors of rich plum and cherry flavors are complemented by soft tannins and a lingering finish. Goes well with grilled and roasted red meats. Due to its soft tannins, it can also be enjoyed with spicy Mexican and Asian dishes.
$16.00 / Bottle $192.00 / Case
Since 1982, Covey Run has crafted a broad range of award-winning wines – including 20 “Best Value” awards from Wine Spectator magazine – from prized vineyards in the renowned Columbia and Yakima Valley appellations of Eastern Washington State. Sheltered from storms by the rainshadow effect exerted by the majestic Cascade Mountain Range, conditions in these high desert regions are ideal for cultivating world-class wine grapes. Warm, sunny days and extended sunlight hours (due to Washington’s northern latitude) develop intense flavors in Covey Run's classic European grape varieties, while cool nights ensure they retain high levels of acidity.
Covey Run winemaker Kate Michaud transforms this pristine fruit into a broad range of consistently superior wines that embody Washington State’s unique characteristics while meeting and surpassing international standards of excellence.
Kate crafts two tiers of outstanding Covey Run varietals: Quail Series and Columbia Valley Reserve. Quail Series provides discerning wine drinkers with high-quality Washington State wines for everyday enjoyment. They’re varietally distinctive, fruit-forward, easy-drinking and ideal for casual meals. With great vineyards, a talented winemaker and a bevy of vividly flavored, beautifully structured wines, Covey Run truly offers the best of Washington State.
Syrah is a relatively new grape variety for eastern Washington, where it shows great promise. Syrah thrives in the summer heat and ripens fully by mid- October, taking full advantage of Indian summer days and cool nights. In order to get the highest quality fruit, Covey Run thins its crop aggressively and lets it hang on the vines until the grapes begin to shrivel and the juice of a crushed berry appears slightly pink. Their 2004 Syrah comes from nine premium vineyards located within the Yakima and Columbia River Valleys. The cooler sites produce fruit with white pepper and herbal notes, while warmer sites give red berry-fruit flavors.
After pressing, lots were tank-fermented using pump overs to extract color and tannin from the skins. Some of the lots were co-fermented with Viognier grapes (a white variety) to provide a fruity nuance to the blend and add complexity. About 95% of the vintage was aged in French and American oak barrels for nine months and then bottled in early September.