Saturday, December 10, 2011

2008 Hollywood Hill Vineyards Rattlesnake Hills Syrah

Wine: Rattlesnake Hills Syrah
Producer: Hollywood Hill Vineyards
Vintage: 2008 Varietal(s): 100% Syrah 
Region: Rattlesnake Hills AVA
Portteus Vineyards, Aged in French oak (25% new for 28 months), 13.8% alcohol
Cost: $34
Quality: 90 | Very Good 

Almost black in the glass. Smokey blue and black fruit, tar, and some spicebox on a fragrant nose. A rich mouth feel with peppered dark fruit and minerals on the palate. Nicely balanced with a good finish. Very Good.

Buzz: Steve Snyder started as a "avid beer home-brewer" in the early 1990's, and by 1998 had purchased and planted a vineyard on Vashon Island to experiment with growing "over 20 varieties of grapevines". Today Steve is an owner, grower, winemaker and is currently on the board for the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association. He owns and farms his own vineyards locally in the Woodinville area that produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In addition they also source grapes from different vineyards in the state (Washington) that showcase the very diverse terroirs from inside the state. They are brought to life in a restrained and pure expression of the varietals. Small productions, interesting wines, vineyards, varietals, and an emphasis on quality all show. Stop by their tasting 'house' in Woodinville as everything is worth trying. Recommended.

Availability: Limited availability. Local grocers, wine shops and winery.

Hollywood Hill Vineyards
Woodinville, WA
Since 2004


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