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 Vintage2008(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2007 vintage.)
ProducerBunchgrass Winery (web)
VineyardLewis Vineyard
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2019 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by hcnate on 12/25/2014 & rated 91 points: Christmas dinner wine - great Syrah with bone in pork loin roast. Good funk and undertones of berries (blackberries). Also sensed some of that Columbia Valley earth too. (391 views)
 Tasted by Venezia on 10/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Still very tight. Took 2+ hours to finally open up. Will sit on next bottle until 2015 (839 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 9/8/2013: Washington State Fruit funk [that tabacco meets cabbage the aka washington pH levels etc etc goodness] , with nice floral notes, high acid, med+ tannin so silky, a fantastic wine balanced with great fruit and earth and funk (924 views)
 Tasted by ChrisinSunnyside on 6/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice nose of bacon fat, blackberry. Palate is medium with a bit rough finish. Hold the other bottels for another 2 years. (1217 views)
 Tasted by Michael Davidson on 8/14/2012: I enjoyed this a lot.

Different from most WA syrahs in that it had very strong acidity. Many labels claim inspiration from old world wines, but few deliver on true acidity. This wine makes no claims but delivers anyway. (1318 views)
 Tasted by Scottyd213 on 8/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Took awhile to open up. Had very complex flavors after that though. (978 views)
 Tasted by B Dub on 4/23/2011 & rated 88 points: Decanted and consumed over 3 hours. Dark purple, violet hue with minimal light transmission. No detectable sediment. Initially the nose was a bit young and vegetal, but improved after the first hour of decanting. Smells of blackberries, maturing red cherries, and pepper. The midpalate was average, had more flavors of dark berries and could have been fuller. The finish evolved to a moderate length and ended with a peppery (slightly tannic) bite.
This is a nice Washington state 100% Syrah that is still young. It should improve and I wouldn't drink another bottle of this vintage for atleast two more years. It is also a great value wine at $30 a bottle. (861 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #12 (6/23/2012)
(Bunchgrass Winery Syrah Lewis Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   89 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of The Rhone Report. (manage subscription channels)

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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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