Walla Walla Valley, WA
Harvested 9/26/18 — Brix: 28.1, pH: 3.47, TA: .66
The Walla Walla Valley straddles southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Walla Walla translates to “many waters” in reference to the land’s proximity to the Columbia, Snake and Walla Walla Rivers. Rain is a seldom occurrence here and the area only receives about 15 inches of annual rainfall. Like the rest of the Columbia Valley, the landscapes and soils of Walla Walla were largely shaped by the cataclysmic Missoula Floods which swept through at the end of the last Ice Age. The Walla Walla Silt Soil left behind is a well drained, sandy loess over Missoula Flood slackwater deposits and fractured basalt.
The Syrah grape is quickly gaining reputation as the highest expression of the vineyards of Walla Walla. The thick skinned grape handles the hot days, cold nights, and long growing season with ease. The wines are noted for being less fruity and ripe than their California counterparts and showcasing a distinctly savory profile that focuses on smokey, sanguine, and herbal notes with bright acidity.
Our grapes come from a vineyard on the foot of the Blue Mountains grown at 1300 feet elevation. The vines are 10 year old Joseph Phelp clones planted to 8×4 spacing in 100% Walla Walla Silt Loam.