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2018 Darkness Syrah

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2018 Darkness Syrah
2018 Darkness Syrah

93 pts Owen Bargreen

Tasting notes

Full throttle, silky, spicy and just flat out delicious, 2018 Darkness is pure hedonism in a bottle. Deeply saturated purple, leading with notes of raspberry preserves, baking spices and black olive, followed by an avalanche of jammy black fruit, spice, subtle earthiness. Mouthwatering, rich and supple. Like a 300 yard drive (ok, 240-250) right down the middle: keeps you coming back for more.

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
Acid0.54 g/100 mL
AgingAged in 32% new French oak. Racked to blend prior to bottling.
Fermentation25% whole cluster fermentation. Maximum temp. 89°F.
Residual Sugar0.01 g/100 mL
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/23/2020
Cases Produced317
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington
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