2013 Goedhart Family Red Mountain Syrah - Hedges Family Estate
Dark, rich garnet color. An exciting combination of white pepper, cassis, dried blueberry and dried cherry with a little bit of coffee, cocoa powder and Cointreau. A tart cherry flavored entry awakens the palate. The mid-palate has a nice lushness with flavors of sweet orange peel and vanilla and the finish adds a nice contrast of spicy gamey flavors and a bit of fine tannin. Goedhart Family Syrah is consistently a classically crafted food wine. Grapes are from Bel’ Villa Vineyard, which is in the Red Mountain AVA. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters where it was punched down three times per day until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was then pressed to barrels where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation, then racked off lees and 100% barrel aged for 11 months in 26% new American and French oak. Harvest Notes: 2013 was another excellent vintage in Washington State, made slightly unusual by 80 plus temperatures in April and 90 plus temperatures in May. This uncommon early season heat caused bud break and growth to be early and rapid, exceeding average by about ten days. An average summer meant veraison and harvest began early, which led to ripe fruit throughout the state. Once again, “average” in Washington is everyone else’s “great”.