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Wine for the Weekend: Stottle Winery 2011 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills @StottleWinery


Take time to enjoy family and friends with Stottle Wines.

The dreary, cool weather and that on and off drizzle has me bundled up today. Jacket and sweater are no longer optional. I'm cold, hungry and craving comfort. Good food, good friends and a good bottle of wine are on my list for tonight. My wine selection for this weekend is the Stottle 2011 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills. Because I'm fond of Syrah and the Horse Heaven Hills. Make some fond memories over the weekend and hug your loved ones.

Tasting Notes Stottle Winery 2011 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills

Color: Dark purple.
Nose: Perfumed, smoky, violets, dark cacao, dark fruit, bacon fat, clove.
Palate: Energetic, gripped my ears, pepper, leather, blackberry.
15 minutes: Relaxing, acid more present than tannin, dark fruit and dark chocolate, nose is more complex. Lively chocolate, plum finish kept it interesting.
30 minutes: chocolate, clove, mint nose. Tasty flavors, blueberry compote, tar, dark chocolate, balancing out with fine tannin, black cherry, plum, leather, nutmeg on finish.
40 minutes: Fruit focused, lovely down middle palate, luscious dark fruit, tar, black pepper, cola, dark chocolate.
At an hour: Lip smacking good. Front palate delivering dark fruit delights.
At 3 hours: Bakers spice, gingerbread, cherry, blackcurrant, nice tacky finish.

Day two: Almost inky purple color. Aromas of tobacco leaf, dark roast coffee, blackberry compote, violets, black pepper, bakers chocolate. Silky smooth, super fine tannin, brightness mid-palate into the finish, acid tingle on the tongue, mild grip on the gums, blueberry, licorice, hint of tar and spice. Medium-long finish. Lively and tasty.

Thoughts: An intriguing sensory experience. Quite enjoyable with dinner of grilled steak and sauteed Fava beans. Discover the complexity of Washington Syrah in this bottle of Stottle wine. Recommended.

Blend: 100% Syrah, Elerding 6 Prong Vineyards
Closure Natural cork
Production: 131 cases
SRP: $32
Sample provided by winery

Stottle Winery & Tasting Room
2641 Willamette Dr NE,  Suite C
Lacey, WA 98516

Spring/Summer Hours:  Wed – Sun : 12pm – 6pm
Fall/Winter Hours:  Wed - Sun : 12pm - 5pm
Open most Monday Holidays - Closed Easter Sunday

Stottle Winery was founded by Amy and Josh Stottlemyer. Winemaker Josh Stottlemyer is the force behind the wines of Stottle Winery. After selling his web development and internet marketing firm he took his passion for wine to the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle. Where he completed their 2 year winemaking program. Josh also holds a bachelors of science from the University of Minnesota where he studied chemical engineering and geology. Stottle Winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, Washington just off I-5 and north of the state capital, Olympia.

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