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2011 QED

2011 QED
2011 QED

Winemaker Notes: The aromatics lead with rich cured meats, cherries, and a bright note of fresh apricots framed by mossy pine forest, decadent dark chocolates and new leathers. The 2011 QED pursues on the palate in the same wild and youthful course with its' raspberry, black truffle, gravel, smoked meat, white pepper, and crisp blood orange. The firm tannin and generous mouth feel gently pull you through to a deep, haunting finish of lavender and rosemary. This wine is stubbornly gorgeous today, but will continue to improve for the next 7-9 years and will hold for approximately 15-20 years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 142 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 64 hours. Native fermentation was used on 50% of the lots. 15% whole clusters were used to give added structure. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was racked three times and not fined. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 20% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 80% neutral French oak. The wine spent 24 months in oak.

Cases Produced: 556

Varietal82% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 4% Viognier
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardLes Collines, Seven Hills, Funk, Upland, Alder Ridge, Monette's
Acid6.0 g/L
Aging15-20 years
Volume750 ml



91 Points



Good bright ruby-red. Perfumed redcurrant, raspberry and pepper elements carry through on the juicy, savory palate, which is nicely framed by ripe acidity. A continuing note of fruity pepper energizes and extends the finish. Like most of Washington’s most talented winemakers, Billo Naravane got good physiological ripeness at lower-than-normal sugar levels in 2011—in this case, 23 to 24 degrees Brix, with most of the wines finishing with alcohol between 13.1% and 13.8%. But this level of success required significant sacrifices in the vineyards, as Naravane dropped 50% to 60% of his fruit at the beginning of August, just before the veraison, to get the rest ripe.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Media

91 Points



The 2011 QED is an outstanding effort that shows the vintage’s cooler nature nicely. Giving up plenty of spiced meat, licorice, underbrush and red and black currant styled fruit, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, fine tannin and an overall balanced, nicely structured feel. More streamlined and focused than past vintages, yet with beautiful complexity and an overriding sense of elegance, it will evolve gracefully for 10 to 12 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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