Wine Advocate | Rating: 94Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2013 Syrah In The Hills is a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier and is only the second vintage for this cuvee, which was first made in 2012. Sporting a distinctly northern Rhone style in its peppery herb, olive tapenade, violet and spice filled bouquet, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with striking purity of fruit. Reminding me of a quality Cote Rotie, enjoy this beauty over the coming decade. Both 2012 and 2013 are great vintage for Matt Reynvaan, and this estate continues to produce thrillingly perfumed, complex and layered wines that compete with the best wines in Washington. They continue to produce more wines from the Foothills in the Sun vineyard, which is located just around the estate. The terroir here is relatively nondescript, yet the elevation is such that the grapes are right at the edge of perfect ripeness. All of the wines from this vineyard have cooler-climate, lively and complex characters, which is distinctly different from the classic Rocks expression found in their releases from the In The Rocks vineyard. I was slightly less impressed with the whites here, and they're shifted much more toward the fresher, more acid-driven style. Nevertheless, 2013 was difficult for the white. A cuvee readers need to check out is the new Cabernet, The Classic, which comes from their vineyard in the rocks. It's a killer bottle of wine.Author: Robert Parker
In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 20 bottles owned
- 6 collectors