Novelty Hill Syrah 2007
Our Columbia Valley Syrah relies heavily on grapes from Stillwater Creek, Novelty Hill's estate vineyard located on a steep, south-facing grade on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills. Syrah is planted in a section of the vineyard where the soil is mixed with large pieces of fractured basalt. More than one visitor here has noticed a remarkable similarity to the Rhone Valley, perhaps one reason why Syrah from this site is so outstanding.
About the Region
This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.