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Silverback Chardonnay 20112011 Chardonnay
(retail $55)

Wallula Vineyard; Fifteen year old vines. Aromas of citrus, dried white flowers, chalk, melon, and dried cardamom seeds coupled with vibrant acidity are feature attributes of this seamless wine. Barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques and puncheons 8.5 months and aged sur lie. Full mouth feel and finish that balance the bright acidity perfectly. Two yeast strains were used to develop greater detail and complexity. Made for food. This “little black dress of wines” pairs very well with oysters and other delicate seafood dishes.

185 cases produced
13% alc/vol

Silverback Sangiovese 20102010 Sangiovese
(retail $55)

Medium-bodied wine; crowd pleaser. Cropped at 2.5 tons per acre and aged in American oak puncheons for 24 months with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Syrah added for additional mouthfeel and complexity. Concentrated boysenberry and raspberry fruits coupled with high notes of peony flowers dominate the nose. Racy acidity will make this age-worthy and a food pairing favorite. Cuts through rich pasta dishes and wild mushroom risotto. Exceptional balance and sophisticated structure to further develop for three to five more years.

185 cases produced
14.2% alc/vol

Silverback Syrah 20102010 Syrah
(retail $80)

Sara Lee and Shiraz #7 clones were blended and aged for 25 months in one-year old Burgundian barriques. Blending these two clones from three blocks in the vineyard give this Syrah layer after layer of blackberry, asphalt, white grapefruit and spice notes on the nose with a balanced, full mouthfeel and lengthy finish. Aromas of massive tar, asphalt, black fruits, with high notes of pummelo and violets express themselves fully as this Syrah opens in your glass. Enjoy with lamb, stews, and other hearty fare. This complex wine has enough power to lay down a further eight to ten years.

149 cases produced
14.8% alc/vol

Silverback Reference 20102010 Référence
(retail $105)

Wallula Vineyard; Bordeaux style blend. Our very best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot (31%), Petit Verdot (12%), Cabernet Franc (9%), and Malbec (5%) were aged separately in new French oak for 13 months and then blended into French puncheons for another year. Dark, deep red fruits, cassis and demerara emerge as the wine develops in the glass. The wine finishes with high notes of violets and pencil shavings. Full in the mouth with a long, lingering finish and fine, drying tannins. Detailed in the nose with cedar, graphite and anise characters, the wine delivers layer after layer of cassis, licorice, and feminine red fruits. Approachable now, but has structure, acidity and fine, natural tannins that will allow it to develop in the cellar for the next two decades.

270 cases produced
85% Free-run juice
13.9% alc/vol

Silverback Syrah 2011 ReserveSyrah 2011 Reserve
(retail $240)

A testament to Washington Sara Lee Syrah! This blockbuster was siphoned directly into a special Francois Freres puncheon for 15 months on its lees. A proprietary yeast gave the desired spice needed to balance the massive fruit structure. No pressings were used and still the wine has plenty of supportive tannins to make it age well for more than two decades. Floral and hedonistic, this one is for serious collectors. Very full mouthfeel with endless length. Aromas of black fruits, berries, licorice, citrus peel, spice and floral characters. Pair it with grilled lamb chop or New York steak. Can be approached now, but cellaring will reward those who are patient over the next fifteen to twenty years.

100% free run juice
55 cases produced
15% alc/vol