2016 Darkness Syrah

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2016 Darkness Syrah
2016 Darkness Syrah

93 pts Jeb Dunnuck (2015)
93 pts James Suckling (2015)


Tasting notes

Once again Willy Wonka and his posse of Oompa Loompas have crafted a crazy deelish version of Darkness. The 2016 is impenetrable purple in color, and stuffed with juicy blackberry, black olive, black pepper and smoky syrah funk.  At once lush and bright, lifted and intense, its balance is stunning. Also tastes real good. 

Food Pairing: Goat cheese polenta with morel sherry vinaigrette or cassoulet with lots of duck and sausage.

Movie Pairing: The Shining

Darkness is our full throttle, wide-open desert island syrah from the Yakima Valley. Dick Boushey and Leif Olsen are arguably among the finest syrah growers in our universe today. We decided to make this wine in 2005 and have never looked back. It has gobs of high scores from many publications, including a 94 from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate for the 2014. It's called Darkness because.

Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardBoushey and Olsen
Acid0.52 g/100 mL
AgingAged in 33% new French oak. Racked to blend prior to bottling.
Fermentation25% whole cluster fermentation. Maximum temp. 84°F.
Residual Sugar 0.04 g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced233
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