Wine Enthusiast 90
"Syrah (71%) makes up the backbone of this wine along with Cabernet Sauvignon (17%) and other Rhône varieties. An appealing pale-salmon color, this wine has bright watermelon, strawberry, kiwi and cherry candy aromas that lead to a tart pink-grapefruit flavor and mouthwatering acidity. Best Buy. – Sean P. Sullivan"
The color is a pale salmon, copper pink with flashes of fuschia. The aromatics lead with notes of wild raspberry and cherry, giving in to bright citrus, Herbs de Provence and lavender. There’s a strong note of rose petal as well. All this carries through on a light and dynamic palate with a tangy bright finish."
•71% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 2% Counoise, 1% Cinsault
•Sourced from vineyards throughout Columbia Valley, WA located above 1,100 ft elevation
•Varieties fermented separately until blending
•Label created by famed print house Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN honoring the heritage of US winemakers
We’ve always been thrilled with the quality of fruit coming in from our growers and, while we’ve made subtle adjustments in the fermentations over the years, not much has changed with this direct to press process. There was one aspect, however, that was a huge focus of change for us this year. With the often long distances between many of our vineyards and the winery, an increasing percentage of our fruit was arriving at the winery darker and more extracted than we wanted. To remedy this we made a few significant adjustments. Firstly, we shifted all our harvesting to the cool hours of the night (when the fruit is firm and less juicy) to reduce the amount of color pick up in transport. Secondly, we moved to a more
centralized winery to reduce the trucking distances. And lastly, we made sure that the fruit went immediately in to the press upon arrival at the winery. The result is quite a familiar profile from years past, however, it’s as if the wine shifted from 2D to 3D. The overall lift and energy is amazing. And of course the shorter period of skin and juice contact has meant that the color is much paler, more along the lines of what you see from Provence rosés, which we are also thrilled about.
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Charles Smith Wines: the Modernist Project focuses on the way people generally consume wine today, immediately! Wine in this category is typically either simple, or a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. Charles Smith Wines are wines that are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety (i.e., merlot that tastes like merlot) and to the vineyard (wine that tastes like where it was grown). The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to place of origin.
For Charles Smith Wines the fruit is sourced from some of Washington State's finest vineyards. Greatest attention is paid to those growers that practice sustainable farming methods.
Owner-winemaker Charles Smith with his big hair, kick ass attitude and bold packaging has earned the moniker "rock star" of Washington State Syrah. Charles Smith arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following 11 years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. In 2009 Food & Wine Magazine recognized Charles as "Winemaker of the Year."