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Horsepower Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2012


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(97-100 Points)
A new wine for 2012, the 2012 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard (same vineyard as the Grenache, and located just beside the Cayuse estate and the Armada Vineyard) is a stunning example of the quality coming from these rocky soils around Milton Freewater. Offering incredible notes of pepper, bacon fat, steak tartare, olive paste and deep, savory dark fruit, this full-bodied barrel sample has fabulous concentration, beautiful purity and a blockbuster finish. It too will have an easy 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Brand Horsepower
Alcohol/vol 13.8%
  • wa97

Wine AdvocateAnother wine I was able to taste multiple times, the 2012 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is the most voluptuous, sexy and textured of the lineup. Giving up classic, Old World Syrah notes of blackcurrants, black olives, smoked meats, ground pepper and violets, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and is gorgeous, concentrated and expansiveness on the palate, with plenty of of mid-palate depth and length. The tannin becomes more and more apparent with time in the glass. This needs 3-4 years to round into form, and will keep for 15-20 years. As with all of these 2012s, decant if drinking anytime soon.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2015
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastArresting and perfumed, this wine displays aromas of stargazer lilies, fire pit, tapenade and smoked meat, displaying exquisite nuance and detail. Flavors are intensely rich yet light in their styling, with a savory and floral finish that continues as long as you care to count. It displays a rare sense of delicacy and intensity that is breathtaking.

Sean Sullivan, September 1, 2015
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorStarts off aromatic and generous, with plum and currant flavors, but turns steely and tight as the mineral notes overstep the fruit, coming together in a savory, sinewy style that keeps up the intensity without great weight. Drink now through 2022. 242 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2015