2018 ∆ - OREGON 'For Bruce' Syrah + Viognier

2018 ∆ - OREGON 'For Bruce' Syrah + Viognier


Syrah is one of the most promising red grapes in the Willamette Valley. I first became aware of Syrah in the Willamette Valley while working my very first harvest in 2006 for Bruce & Brad Biehl (The Bad Biehl Brothers). The Syrah and other experimental grapes had just been planted in the vineyard. Sometimes when everyone is going in the same direction, it is time to change course.


Elegant + Floral

Syrah is one of my favorite grapes.  I love its versatility and can be just as haunting as Pinot Noir.  It is one of the few red grapes that really straddles the line of feminine and masculine.  It is a grape that grows well at low elevations, high elevations, clay soil, limestone soil, loess soil, cool climate, or hot climates.  It can be highly aromatic and elegant or dense and rich.

The 2018 ‘For Bruce’ Syrah is another side to the Willamette Valley Syrah conversation.  Grown in Laurelwood soils, this Syrah is unlike any in the valley. Co-Fermented with approximately 5% whole berry Viognier., this vintage shows the elegance of the grape. This wine evokes the Northern Rhone, soft supple, fruity, floral, mineral, and a slight spiciness that comes from our stem-back process. This is a Syrah for Pinot Noir lovers, Grenache lovers, and for anyone who wants to taste a glimpse into another Willamette Valley red grape success story. The future is now.

Tech Sheet

STATE/REGION:             Oregon
APPELLATION:               Willamette Valley AVA (North)
VINTAGE:                         2018
GRAPE VARIETIES:       95% Syrah, 5% Viognier (Co-Fermented)
ESTATE GROWN:           No, purchased grapes
VINEYARD AGE:             14 Years
DRY FARMED:                 Yes
OWN ROOTED:               Grafted Vines & Own Rooted
SOIL TYPE:                       Cornelius  (Loess)
ELEVATION:                     400 feet (122 meters)
HARVEST DATE:           October 18th, 2018
HARVEST METHOD:       Hand Harvested
BRIX AT HARVEST:         23.1 (Syrah) 23.5 (Viognier)
SKIN CONTACT:               14 Days
FERMENTATION:             Ambient Yeast
MATURATION VESSEL:    228L Ermitage French Oak
ALCOHOL (by volume):    14.15%
ACIDITY SCALE (pH):         3.66
TOTAL ACIDITY:                   7.2g/L
FINING AGENT:                    Unfined (Vegan)
BOTTLE SIZE:                        750ml
CLOSURE TYPE:                  FineCork X & Beeswax
FILTRATION:                         Unfiltered
HAND BOTTLED:                 Yes
PRODUCTION:                     80 Cases
BOTTLING DATE:                August 7th, 2019
RELEASE DATE:                   October 1st, 2019

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