2019 Martin Woods, Syrah The Rocks districtSold Out
red-blue fruits, violet, green olive tapenade, warming spices—mouthfilling, silken, harmonious balance—a permeating fine thread of structure—youthful, will gain in complexity and subtlety over many years in the cellar
ava: the rocks district of milton-freewater
vineyards: River Rock & RockBar
elevation: 900-925 ft
soil series: Freewater (cobblestone and gravel intermixed with loess)
harvest: October 7, 2019
whole cluster: 50%
elevage: sur lie 21 months in 228L & 400L neutral cooperage
bottled: July 16, 2021, Unfined & Unfiltered, 13.8% Alc.
cases produced: 320 (750ml x 12)
Nested within the Walla Walla Valley AVA, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater resides entirely on the Oregon side of the Valley. The Rocks District is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries have been fixed by virtue of a single soil series (Freewater Series) and a single land form (alluvial fan). We believe this to be one of the few locales in the world where the highly distinctive savory/umami attributes of Syrah can be found in spades, making for complexely perfumed and textured wines that remind us of the Northern Rhone. Please view this website: https://rocksdistrict.com/ terroir for a highly educational illustration of this unique terroir. The proof is in the glass!