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Smockshop Band Columbia Valley Red Wine I
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Smockshop Band Columbia Valley Red Wine I NV

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesHiyu is a 30 acre farm in the Hood River Valley, farming biodynamically, practicing permaculture and working with low intervention throughout. Smockshop Band is a line from Hiyu dedicated to exploring the Columbia Gorge. This is from Scorched Earth Vineyard, a leased 10 acre vineyard located on the banks of the Columbia River where the Gorge transitions to desert. The vineyard is planted in black sand and basalt cobbles. Columbia Valley Red Wine I is their first multi-vintage blend of grapes. In this case, it's equal parts syrah and grenache, native fermented, with no inputs or outtakes, including sulphur. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dusky raspberry, boysenberry, forest bark and worn leather rule the medium bodied palate. There's a subtle lining of tar and scents of anise. This feels a touch faded, though prime for drinking now with roasted wild mushrooms or lamb burgers.Tasted: 27 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 48.00 private wine shops Producer: Hiyu Wine FarmDistributors: Sur Lie
Blend: Syrah - GrenacheCSPC: 170999