Sun River Vintners

2011 Souzao

Tasting Notes:

One of Washington States less recognized grape varietal is the Souzao, this varietal hails from Portugal but thrives in Washington State, especially in the Red Heaven Vineyard on Red Mountain. The hot days and cool nights on Red Mountain allow this grape to fully ripen, yet the cool nights allow the grapes acidity to be expressive and balanced. The wine displays an intense, deep, dark ruby color that offers complex aromatics of black currant, bing cherries, ripe plums and milk chocolate. The mid-palate and finish are perfect examples of how this varietal will flourish in Washington State as it shows off its balanced acidity, integration of oak and fruit all followed by very lush tannins and a silky smooth finish that lasts and lasts. Enjoy now through 2019

Appellation: Red Mountain
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Souzao
Alcohol: 14.4% ABV

Winemakers Notes:
Red Heaven Vineyard
75 cases produced
3.64 pH
5.5 g/l TA
15 months barrel age in new French oak Porto Pipe

Double Gold - 2014 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Silver - 2014 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Gold - 2014 LA International Wine Awards
Silver - 2014 Great Northwest Wines Competition