2014 Syrah Cockburn Ranch Vineyard
Student Winemakers — Class of 2016: Hannah Thorning, Craig Johnson, Devin Schell, Brad Binko (Eternal Wines)
Outstanding! - Great Northwest Wine
Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold - Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition
Grown by local industry pioneer, Cecil Zerba, this Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier to achieve a slightly floral aroma and bright color. On the nose, this wine will remind you of fresh baked berry cobbler: blackberries and raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, and just a hint of sage. On the palate, this wine is plush, yet mouthwatering with well-rounded tannins.
Enjoy with: pulled pork, sweet bourbon BBQ chicken wings, grilled pork chops with fruit compote
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley
|Vineyard||Cockburn Ranch Vineyard
|Wine Style||Dry table red
From Great Northwest Wine (Dec 7, 2016)
While some of the credit goes to instructors Tim Donahue and Sabrina Lueck, the success of College Cellars wines starts with growers. In this case, it’s Cecil Zerba family, who owns Cockburn Ranch Vineyard and donated this lot on Sept. 18, 2014. Attractive aromas of black currant, blackberry and dark chocolate lead to a round and rich drink of Marionberry, boysenberry and Devil’s Food cake. Underlying notes of banana chip and lavender add to its amazing complexity and balanced structure. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition and the equivalent honor at Wine Press Northwest’s “affordable reds” judging. And the students who deserved an “A” on this project were Craig Johnson, Devin Schell, Hannah Thorning (now at Gramercy Cellars) and Brad Binko, now owner/winemaker of Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State.