Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wine of the week: Knight Hill 2009 Syrah-Sirah Columbia Valley @knightwine

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An impressive red wine.

This summer friends from the wet side of Washington took me wine tasting in Zillah, Washington. Our friendly guide was Summer, my new friend. Summer is a local, her husband a Zillah winemaker. She was the perfect guide, bubbly, exuberant with sharp wit, her enthusiasm for local wineries contagious. She directed us to several boutique wineries I never would have found on my own. Thank you Summer. One of the more out of the way wineries was Knight Hill Winery.


Panoramic view from Knight Hill Winery.

Perched on top of a hill with a grand view of Zillah and the Yakima Valley, Knight Hill Winery is located in a former horse barn. It is an intimate setting with a panoramic view.

Winery and Tasting room in a converted horse barn.

For owners Anne and Terry Harrison, their winemaking adventure started as a hobby. Their passion for wine and a curiosity about the art of winemaking has now totally consumed them. They are making limited production, reasonably priced, premium red and white wines.

This is my first review of a wine by Knight Hill. I was impressed.

Tasting Notes Knight Hill 2009 Syrah-Sirah

Color: Quite dark, leaning to inky.
Nose: Concentrated, chocolaty, violets, gingerbread, slate, blackberry, tarragon.
Palate: Smooth, lovely dry, bright in the back through the front, energetic at opening with spicy tar, blueberry and blackberry, buttery croissant on the finish, dry along the gums. With some air it became very rich and satisfying. What a gorgeous nose. Lovely, lovely. This bottle disappeared too quickly. Strongly Recommended.

Thoughts: An intriguing blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah. A gorgeous drink me slowly wine. Decant first for a wonderful experience or hold for a few more years. Truly a wonderful wine and an amazing value at only $25 direct from the winery. I checked the winery website and they seem to be sold out of the 2009 vintage. They have the 2010 listed, which was a phenomenal growing season. I suggest buying now before it is sold out too. Well worth the trip up the hill to discover their wines and an easy choice for Wine of the Week.


Blend: Syrah and Petite Sirah from Stone Tree Vineyard plus estate Syrah
ABV:14.5%
Closure: Natural cork
Purchased at the winery
SRP:  $25



Knight Hill Winery
5330 Lombard Loop Rd
Zillah, WA 98953
509 865-5654
www.knighthillwinery.com

Cheers!