Origin: United States
- Yakima Valley
Boushey Vineyard, which has been the source of La Serenne since 2000, is one of the stars of the mid-Yakima Valley. Farmed by Dick Boushey, a proponent of Washington Syrah since the 1980’s, this site has gained notoriety for its unique varietal expression and supple texture. The word Serenne is an affectionate name for Syrah in the local dialect of Ampuis, a town in the heart France’s northern Rhône valley. We find this to be a fitting name for our Syrah from Boushey, as it reminds us of the wild (or as the French say “Sauvage”), Rhône-esque character of the wine.
The fruit reflects the sum total of conditions here: location in the mid-Yakima Valley, higher elevation, cooler climate, soils undisturbed by the Missoula Floods and Dick’s exemplary farming practices. Harvest is typically 2-3 weeks later than our Syrah vines planted elsewhere, indicating the uniqueness of its position.
In 2014, the arriving fruit from Boushey showed exceptional maturity of not only berries, but stems as well. Because of this, the decision was made to leave between 25-50% of the stems (also called whole clusters) in the fermentations. This technique is often used in the Rhône and can provide additional tannic structure as well as interesting aromatic complexity.
The character of the 2014 La Serenne is one of density and plushness, combined with fine tannins and wild, gamey aromas. Although Boushey Vineyard experienced record heat in 2014, the cooler night-time temperatures of the site resulted in a vibrant acidity in the finished wine. The addition of whole grape clusters during fermentation contributed a nuance of green olive alongside a distinct floral character.
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