Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

Produced: 2012-present

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

(96-98) Points

Like the Grenache, the 2016 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is beautifully complex and nuanced on the nose, with lots of macerated cherry and plums fruits, ground pepper, roasted meats, and dried flower nuances all emerging from the glass. It’s another powerful, full-bodied Syrah that has a distinct bloody/salty character, juicy acidity, and a big finish that causes you to salivate. As with all the Horsepower wines, it’s going to need 2-4 years of bottle age to show its true potential. –Jeb Dunnuck,

2015 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

98 Points

The 2015 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is just as striking as its Grenache sibling, unfurling with an equally complex nose of sweet cassis, beef blood, bitter cocoa, peony and violets, with notions of grilled meat and truffle emerging with time. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and amazingly intense, with a deep and multidimensional core framed by remarkably satiny, layered tannins, concluding with a long, saline finish. –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

95 Points

Beautiful dried-rose florals here with very fragrant redder-tinged berry fruits, crushed stones and brown pepper. The palate has an elegant, supple and really lacy feel; smooth, pastry-like tannins and an elegant, sappy cherry-pip finish. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

(94-96) Points

The 2015 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is another salty, meaty, tapenade and earthy Syrah from this site that offers full-bodied richness, silky tannin and a gorgeous texture. It’s certainly not for those craving new world fruit, but is a naked, raw expression of this terrific site. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2014 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

98 Points

A captivating mix of ripe red plums with plenty of peppers, perfume, violets and spices, leading to a palate that has a stalky, sappy spine of pepper-dusted plums and savory meaty notes to close. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

97 Points

Another soot, tar, mineral, bacon fat and smoked dark fruit driven beauty is the 2014 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard. Made from 100% Syrah, this peppery, bloody, iodine, full-bodied, concentrated effort has building tannin, a great mid-palate and a salt-laced finish. It's another unique, singular beauty that's going to benefit from short term cellaring and keep for two decades. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2013 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

97 Points

Up with the top three or four Syrahs in the vintage, the 2013 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard, which was bottled in August of last year, offers a complex, savory, mineral-laced style to go with a complex bouquet of ground herbs, pepper, beef blood, dried flower and cured meats. This is a full-bodied Syrah that has considerable mid-palate density, fine tannin and good overall freshness….Like the 2012, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will drink well for 15 years or more. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

(97-100 Points)

A new wine for 2012, the 2012 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard (same vineyard as the Grenache, and located just beside the Cayuse estate and the Armada Vineyard) is a stunning example of the quality coming from these rocky soils around Milton Freewater. Offering incredible notes of pepper, bacon fat, steak tartare, olive paste and deep, savory dark fruit, this full-bodied barrel sample has fabulous concentration, beautiful purity and a blockbuster finish. It too will have an easy 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate