Tenor Syrah is sourced from three of Washington’s most storied and distinct vineyards. Each lot exemplifies certain characteristics of the Syrah varietal and brings something unique to the equation, and each year brings unique challenges and opportunities to the process.
With our Syrah, the approach in the vineyards is all about small changes, subtly coaxing out the nuances of each lot and maintaining consistency year over year.
Meticulous attention to time windows
Leafing to moderate exposure
Restricting yields and even berry size to ensure optimal concentration
Sweet smoke, perfectly ripe black currants, plum skin, black tea, and spice. This vintage is all about polish and precision with every note and detail in its perfect place. This is pure and polished with black fruit, tea spice and potpourri and a beautiful lifting finish. This is the beginning of a new era for Tenor where we aim to smooth everything out for the ultimate drinking pleasure.
Awards & Accolades
"Also from the Royal Slope, the 2013 Syrah is just ever so slightly lighter at the rim than the 2012, yet sports the same saturated ruby/purple color. It offers more cured meats, tapenade, ground pepper and tobacco leaf notes, with a rich, sexy core of plum and blueberry fruit. Broad, expansive, and sexy on the palate, with tons of fruit, it stays lively, balanced and fresh, and is another beautiful wine. It's much more evolved than the 2012, but both are beautiful wines."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
"The 2013 Columbia Valley Syrah (100% Syrah aged 18 months in 75% new French oak) has a cool, Old World feel, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, firm tannin and concentrated notes of cassis, blackberries, scorched earth and charred meats. Like a lot of Aryn’s 2013s, it should be better with short-term cellaring, and this should drink nicely through 2028."
92+ points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
"The aromas bring notes of herbs, green olive, flowers and blue and black fruit. The blue fruit flavors are ripe and full bodied, with spice flavors lingering on the finish."
91 points, The Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast