2017 B.Leighton Syrah - 1.5L


Dark, dark and brooding like a great film noir. Wet rich earth, charred Herb de Provence, fresh black cherry compote continuous with a firm, luscious and salivating mouthfeel. This wine is gorgeous and unlike most film noir, this finishes with a happy ending filled with love and tears of joy. —Brennon

Current & Past Scores

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“The 2017 Syrah comes all from the Olsen Brothers Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and is a mix of the 383 and Phelps clones of Syrah. It was not destemmed and was brought up in just 15% new French oak. Ground pepper, meat, smoked game, and decayed flower notes all emerge from this Northern Rhone look-alike. It’s beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, and a rock star expression of Syrah to enjoy over the coming 8-10 years.”

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016)

“2016 Syrah comes from a site in the Yakima Valley that was planted by Leighton.Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic Syrah notes of dark berry fruits, smoke tobacco, olive tapenade, and ground pepper. Medium to full-bodied, with both freshness and richness, it’s impeccably balanced, with beautiful fruit and a great finish.It’s another seriously good wine from Brennon that delivers the goods. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.”

96 Points, James Suckling (v2016)

“Super fragrant and attractive aromas of wild berries, spices and pepper, as well as dark stones and orange-zest nuances. This has exceptionally defined fruit and length. Really superior definition and concentration are what sets this apart. Tastes of dark cherries, blood plums and dark chocolate with a weave of fine spice and pepper. Plenty here already, but much more to come. Try from 2024.”


The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Olsen Brothers (100%): Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the YakimaRiver as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1,000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.


Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.