2016 B.Leighton Syrah - 1.5L


This wine makes me happy. It's so pure, so restrained yet soon... it explodes with black plum, black olive, black pepper and licorice. It doesn't stop there... It explodes Asian floral prettiness that moves into forest floor, cured meat, chard herbs and clove. The texture is warm and inviting and just feels... like a celebration. - Brennon


96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“The 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.”

93 Points, Vinous/Tanzer
“(from the Phelps clone of Syrah, which was brought up to Red Willow vineyard by David Lake in 1986): Bright, dark red. Sexy scents of raspberry, brown spices, black pepper and flowers are Côte-Rôtie-like in their soil-driven wildness. Tight and savory on the palate, with juicy dark berry and spice flavors showing terrific inner-mouth definition and energy. The firmly tannic finish features a note of roasted nuts and excellent rising length. Just 10% new oak here. Superb.”


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

ntion excellent retention of fresh fruit. Finishes with a firm spine of ripe tannins. Another singular wine from the multi-talented Leighton.”