2014 Horsepower "The Tribe Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1299942 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From a site that's next to En Chamberlin that's planted with a 4x4 spacing (the Sur Echalas is 3x3), the 2014 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard offers more fruit (blackberry, black cherry) as well as beautiful notes of violets, rose petal, pepper and earth. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral puncheons, this full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, juicy acidity and a great finish. It's in direct contrast to the more masculine, meaty, umami style of the Sur Echalas Vineyard. (JD) 96+ Inner quote mark (6/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Cassis and blue plums with a thread of wild herbs in the mix, as well as woody spices. The palate rolls out on a sappy, stalky spine that carries ripe red plums and ripe tannins, which flesh out nicely through the finish. Inner quote mark (5/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Lighter in color, this wine is aromatic and expressive, with notes of fire pit, blood, black olive tapenade, sea salt, black pepper, cured meat, nori, crushed flowers and umami. The palate brings soft, lithe, focused notes of earth and savory flavors that shimmer on the salty finish. It's all about delicacy but the aroma and flavor expression is compelling. Give it some time in the cellar or decant. (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark From The Tribe vineyard, just over 1ha, planted on stakes at a density of 1.2sqm. The pronounced nose shows a blueberry, plum and fig notes like Sur Echalas, but there is a floral purity here and less of the savoury, tarry character. This has a lovely balance and impressive length. Fans of the Christophe Baron style will doubtless enthuse. (CC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Captivating black pepper lift to the aromas of purple fruits, violet, leather and smoke; reminded me of Cornas. Dense, savory, rich and dry, with its purple fruit flavors currently overshadowed by saddle leather and salty minerality, plus a hint of peppery rawness. Finishes with plush, fine-grained tannins. Despite this wine's plump, savory, high-pH mouth feel, it needs time to blossom in the bottle. (ST) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Balances power and finesse, with distinctive plum, bacon fat and black olive aromas and dense yet polished blackberry and stony mineral flavors that lead to big but refined tannins on the finish. (TF) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

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