The Elephant Seven Wine Co. 2014 Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $45

By on January 3, 2017

Reformed commodities trader Joshua West recently launched The Elephant Seven Wine Co., with the focus on Rhône varieties grown in the Walla Walla Valley. He sought out for this release Yellow Bird Vineyard, a 1,450-foot elevation site created in the Mill Creek region by Greg and Darlene Chan. West co-fermented these lots — half of them done whole cluster — using Joseph Phelps and clone 174 Syrah with Viognier (6%). And after 17 months in French oak, the aromas hint at dusty blueberry, boysenberry and leather with a slight bit of game. There’s lusciousness to the huckleberry and blueberry flavors, backed by touch of orange pekoe tea and a long delicious finish of blackberry. Restaurants and merchants backing Elephant Seven in Walla Walla include T Maccarone’s, The Marc and The Ox & Cart, while Seattle supports is at Bottlehouse in Madrona, Leschi Market, Ten Mercer and TASTE Cafe at the Seattle Art Museum.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 102 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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