Dick Boushey is arguably one of the most attentive and focused growers in Washington State and 2008 represents the third year harvesting these three syrah clones. With the end of the 2008 harvest season cooling to the mid 70’s we were able to hang the fruit until the 24th of October to ensure what we brought into the winery was top notch. We saw this wine’s aromatics return to the dense, almost meaty, earthy side while maintaining a bright and energetic palate. There is also a hint of orange peel and lavender with time in the glass. The clones are continuing to show their individual characteristics: 174 with is balance from start to finish, 877 delivering a deep, earthy brilliance, while the TC shines with a wonderful silkiness on the palate.
Aromas are rich, dark and penetrating black fruits, with hints of smoke and earth. The palate has bright energy and focus finishing with a wonderfully silky texture.
94 points Wine Enthusiast
This perfectly captures this spectacular vineyard’s flavor “stamp”—a beguiling mix of aromas, flavors and textures that begin with orange peel and moist earth and unfold across the palate in a graceful jumble. Streaks of compost, raw meat, tart berry and good funk run together seamlessly, creating a supple, continuously enjoyable wine that just doesn’t want to quit.