2014 La Serenne

Syrah

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Boushey Vineyard, which has been the source of La Serenne since 2000, is one of the stars of the mid-Yakima Valley. Farmed by Dick Boushey, a proponent of Washington Syrah since the 1980s, this site has gained notoriety for its unique varietal expression and supple texture. The word Serenne is an affectionate name for Syrah in the local dialect of Ampuis, a town in the heart France’s northern Rhône valley. We find this to be a fitting name for our Syrah from Boushey, as it reminds us of the wild (or as the French say “Sauvage”), Rhône-esque character of the wine.

The fruit reflects the sum total of conditions here: location in the mid-Yakima Valley, higher elevation, cooler climate, soils undisturbed by the Missoula Floods, and Dick’s exemplary farming practices. Harvest is typically 2-3 weeks later than our Syrah vines planted elsewhere, indicating the uniqueness of its position.

In 2014, the arriving fruit from Boushey showed exceptional maturity of not only berries, but stems as well. Because of this, the decision was made to leave between 25-50% of the stems (also called whole clusters) in the fermentations. This technique is often used in the Rhône and can provide additional tannic structure as well as interesting aromatic complexity.

The character of the 2014 La Serenne is one of density and plushness, combined with fine tannins and wild, gamey aromas. Although Boushey Vineyard experienced record heat in 2014, the cooler night-time temperatures of the site resulted in a vibrant acidity in the finished wine. The addition of whole grape clusters during fermentation contributed a nuance of green olive alongside a distinct floral character.

Wine Specifications

  • Vintage: 2014
  • Varietal: Syrah
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.2%
  • Region: Washington
  • Acclaim

    "The pure, elegant and textured 2014 Syrah la Serenne offers that classic violet and floral characteristics of the cuvee, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black raspberry fruit, fine, sweet tannin and a great finish. It’s not as powerful or concentrated as the La Cote Rousse, yet it’s a joy to drink and will cruise for a decade or more on its balance and purity. While there's a long history of terrific wines from this estate, I think they've hit another level in the past few vintages, and these latest releases show a purity, elegance and textural quality not found in early bottlings. I'm sure this is in part due to the creation of a second wine, and even a stricter selection for all of the top cuvees. In short, don't miss a chance to try these wines." - Jeb Dunnuck
2014 La Serenne