Horsepower Vineyards - 2018 - Sur Echelas Vineyard Syrah - 750 ml.
Region: Walla Walla Valley
Vintage: 2018 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: RedLocated in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley, Horsepower Vineyards is about tradition and history—and making history. It’s a connection between a vigneron and his roots. An homage to craft and family. An embrace of the earth that seems at once old-fashioned and new. And at its simplest, it’s a man slowly working the vineyard with his horse, just like generations before him. Tradition isn’t an abstract concept to Christophe Baron, founder of both Cayuse Vineyards and Horsepower Vineyards—he was born into it. The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert, have worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677. As recently as 1957, horses still did all of the vineyard cultivation. Horsepower represents a return to that time, to a simplicity of craftsmanship and purpose that has been largely lost in the modern translation. It’s a window to the Old World—right here in the new.
Generous black cherry and smoky bacon aromas pair with refined and focused stony mineral and black olive flavors, finishing with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast: 97
The aromas jump from the glass, with laser-focused notes of funk, firepit, peat, black olive tapenade, Stargazer lily, crushed flower and wet rock. The palate is full in feel, rich and intense, loaded with fruit and savory flavors that extend on a potpourri- and olive-brine-filled finish. It's outrageous in its appeal, a nearly overwhelming expression of this region. —Sean Sullivan,