Horsepower Vineyards The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2017
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
As the oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert, Christophe Baron, founder of Horsepower Vineyards, was born into the wine industry. He grew up working on their land in the Marne Valley of the Champagne region of France, which has been in the family since 1677. Baron pioneered the biodynamic farming movement in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State in 2002, and gained further experience with winemaking for Cayuse Vineyards. To this day, two draft horses named Red and Zeppo, cultivate the three Horsepower vineyards and pay homage to the French vignerons and their farming processes from generations before.
Beautiful notes of red and black raspberries, tobacco, plum sauce, loamy earth, and loads of floral notes emerge from the 2017 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard, another tight, closed wine that’s going to benefit from bottle age. Medium to full-bodied, with notable freshness as well as plenty of underlying structure, it reminds me of Cote Rotie from the Cote Blonde lieu-dit with its incredible floral character as well as its seamless texture. Beautifully done and one of the standouts in the lineup in 2017, give bottles a healthy decant if drinking any time soon, and my money is on it benefiting from 2-3 years of bottle age and evolving for 15-20 years or more.
The 2017 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard begins with a firm, tight nose of rustic dark red fruit and soft aromas of worn leather, black spice and dust-covered violets. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is still tight in its youth, but it remains approachable and food-friendly now. The wine has a bolder mouthfeel than the rest of the range and is balanced with firm tannins that will ensure it will last for years to come. It concludes with a long, drawn-out finish with an essence of dark red fruit and a soft, lingering spiciness. 549 cases produced.
Intense yet subtle aromas of dried strawberry and black peppercorns with some cloves. Tar as well. Medium to full body. The firm, silky tannins are integrated and poised, melting into the wine. Lovely now, but better in a year or two. Try after 2021.