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2018 Owen Roe "Ex-Umbris" Columbia Valley Syrah

SKU #1474102 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Another value-priced effort, the 2018 Ex Umbris is all destemmed Syrah that was brought up in neutral oak. It's deeper, almost inky purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied Syrah with classic aromatics (dark fruits, peppery herbs), ripe tannins, notable purity of fruit, and a clean, balanced, undeniably delicious style. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Slightly stunted aromas of blackberry, licorice, black pepper and bitter chocolate; like the Sinister Hand, this wine does not show quite the lift or floral pungency of its 2017 predecessor. Offers good density to its dark berry and dark chocolate flavors but doesn't quite come alive today. The tannins won't get in the way of enjoying this wine early (and earlier than the '17), but I suspect it will be better for a year of patience. As always, this is an excellent value in Washington Syrah. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O'Reilly, who makes the wine, have formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. We have selected top quality grapes from vineyards chosen because they are in areas that ripen fruit fully, and the fruit has excellent acidity and ph balance. These vineyards are in the Willamette, Mid-Columbia, Yakima, and Walla Walla valleys. Each vineyard is contracted by the acre, with strict controls on yields and vine development. The same high principles are found in the winery. We allow only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. From the fruit to the bottle, cork, and label, Owen Roe aims for the very best.


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