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VintageTypeProducerVarietyDesignationVineyardCountryRegionSubRegionAppellation
2008RedSaviah Cellars (web)Syrahn/aLewis VineyardUSAWashingtonColumbia ValleyColumbia Valley

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Community Tasting Notes (average 87 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 2 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by VinLancaster on 9/21/2013: Much better this time around:
The brined meats, leather, blackberry, nutmeg and baked ginger spice scents are addictive. Smoldering summer wild berries, just out of the oven blackberry pie, smoked game meats, biltong spices of cloves, green pepper corn with a finish that is replete with tannins. Lively and lasting, this Lewis Syrah was excellent and has many years to live on. (388 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 2/8/2013 & rated 87 points: Pop and pour aromatics exposed blueberry, crushed rock, smoked leather and caramel. Dark and earthy on the palate with blackened beef, thyme, plums and Greek olives. Finished smooth as olive oil without any heat. However, after 2-3 hours of aeration, this wine started to fall apart showing some warmth, a heaviness and port like alcohol levels.
I believe this to be bottle variation. (646 views)

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Saviah Cellars

Producer website

Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla Valley of southeastern Washington. The winery specializes in producing small quantities of ultra-premium wines that showcase the remarkable qualities of Washington’s finest vineyards. Founded in 2000, the winery’s first vintage was only 300 cases. Today, the winery produces approximately 25,000 cases of wine per year.

Syrah

Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

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.

Wineries
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.

Growers
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.

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.

Varieties
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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