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2013 Principia Reserve Syrah

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2013 Principia Reserve Syrah
2013 Principia Reserve Syrah

Winemaker Notes: Dense, dark purple color with bouquet of huckleberry, blackberry, tar, bacon fat, Asian spice, black plum, and scorched earth. There are also hints of floral tones. The palate delivers on the expectations of aromatic complexity with well delineated flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, cigar tobacco, garrigue, black olive, espresso, bacon fat, black pepper, dark chocolate, and leather. The very long finish resonates with savory notes of truffle, bacon fat, and cigar tobacco. Impressive structure with exquisite balance sums up the wine nicely. This wine will continue to improve for the next 8-10 years and should drink well for the next 15-20 years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 128 hours and a post-fermentation maceration of 130 hours. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All of the lots in the blend were fermented with native yeasts. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 3 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

Cooperage: The wine had an elevage of 31 months in French Oak. The oak profile is 25% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 75% neutral French oak.

Cases Produced: 115

PLEASE NOTE: The 2013 Principia is SOLD OUT. We do have a few cases set aside for a 10-year Library Release in 2023.

VarietalReserve Syrah
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardLes Collines, Seven Hills, SJR
Acid6.2 g/L TA
Aging15-20 years
Volume750 ml



95 Points


This dense colored wine has intense aromatics of black tea, black olive, smoked pork shoulder and creosote. This leads to dense flavors of wild blackberry jam, coffee grounds, orange rind, blueberry, and black tea with an impressive mineral streak. This has an old world feel while showing off massive fruit weight. The finish is very long and dark fruit driven. The aromatic and flavor range is nothing short of intoxicating. Try to drink this awesome wine within the decade. Drink 2017-2028.

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

92 Points


A darker, more concentrated and serious effort compared to the more open knit and charming QED Convergence, the 2013 Syrah Principia Reserve sports a darker ruby, mostly opaque color to go with plenty of darker berry fruits, sweet oak, caramelized meat and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, pure and lively, with ripe tannin and a great finish, it should be at its best from 2018-2025.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

91+ Points

Nov. 2016


Good medium ruby. Vibrant, coolish scents of blackberry, minerals and white and black pepper, with a garrigue element emerging with air. Wonderfully smooth black fruit flavors are perked up by winey peppery lift and complicated by a tarry nuance. This Syrah boasts terrific juicy fruit but will need time to absorb its firm, building tannins. It should evolve slowly. Drinking Window: 2019 – 2026.

Stephen Tanzer , Vinous Medi

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