Olsen Estates, Elephant Mountain Vineyard
263 Cases Produced
En Hommage opens with aromas and flavors of blueberries, violets, black currants and plum. Additional nuances of black pepper, minerality and spice complement the driving blue fruit flavors with refined tannins that wrap around a smooth, refined and delicate core. This wine pairs nicely with grilled pork tenderloin, lamb chops, and hearty Italian dishes.
2013: 91 points (Robert Parker); 90 points (Wine Enthusiast)
2012: 94 points (Wine Enthusiast); 90 points (Robert Parker)
2011: 93 points (Wine Enthusiast); 91 points (Tanzer)
Olsen Estates and Elephant Mountain Vineyard provide the Syrah for En Hommage. From Olsen Estates, we source Block 14 Joseph Phelps clone Syrah which was planted in 2002. From Elephant Mountain, we sourced two clones of Syrah – Joseph Phelps, planted in 2002 and Tablas Creek, planted in 2005.
At harvest, 90% of the Syrah grapes were gently de-stemmed and delivered as whole berries in various small lot bins for fermentation. The remaining 10% was fermented whole cluster. For 3-5 days, a traditional cold soak ensued allowing flavor and color to integrate in the must before the presence of an alcoholic fermentation. Following this cold soak, inoculation occurred with select yeasts originating from the Rhone Valley and manual punch downs occurred 3-4 times a day. Following the completion of fermentation, the wine was then gently pressed off its skins and placed in French oak barrels (20% new) for 10 months. The final blend was composed in May 2014, allowing the wine to integrate in barrel for 3 months prior to bottling in August 2014.
2013 was a hot year for Washington State following the average 2012 and cool 2011 vintage. From spring to fall, our growing season ran 7-10 days ahead of a normal year and provided warm days and nights. The warmer temperatures required careful harvest decisions to ensure that the grapes did not become overripe.