El Corazon Winery “Swordfight” 2015, Walla Walla Valley, WA
This 50/50 Syrah & Mourvèdre blend from WA is a collaboration between Rotie Cellars’ Sean Boyd & El Corazon’s Spencer Sievers. Medium full-bodied with notes of dark fruit, licorice, coffee, mineral, earth, with a spiced & ripe acidic finish & moderate tannins.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Walla Walla Valley
SUB-REGION: Columbia Valley
VINEYARDS: Wallula Vineyard (Mourvèdre), Phinny Hill (Syrah)
GRAPES: 50% Syrah, 50% Mourvèdre
VINIFICATION: Separate fermentation (50% Rotie Cellars Mourvèdre, 50% El Corazon Syrah)
COLOR: Medium Ruby
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Wild berries, crushed roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco, forest floor, spiced incense, umami
FLAVOR: Mirroring the nose; red and black fruits, licorice, cocoa, French roast, scorched earth, mineral, on the back macerated berries, roasted nuts, crème de cassis, autumn leaves, charcoal; lingering nutmeg and clove, ripe moderate tannin & acid finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
If pairing with food, consider dishes featuring Mediterranean spices including red pepper, sage, rosemary, and olives.
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS:
Sean Boyd, Owner & Winemaker, Rotie Cellars:
Sean’s path to Rotie Cellars wasn’t the one prescribed in the “How to become a prestigious winemaker” textbook. His college degree was in geology, and he spent ten years doing oil and gas exploration before making the leap to wine. After working his first harvest at Waters Winery in 2004, he learned the profession in multiple positions before stepping out on his own in 2007. The non-traditional background turned out to be a perfect fit—he’s a winemaker who really knows his soils. Wine is personal with Sean, and as far as he’s concerned, there’s no right or wrong way to create or consume it. He just makes what he loves to drink—French-style Rhone blends. His philosophical approach is Old World and natural, and his fingerprints are on every step of the winemaking process. He believes great wine happens mostly in the vineyard, and that his main job is to stay out of nature’s way.
Spencer Sievers, Owner & Winemaker, El Corazon Winery
Sievers started his wine career in 2006 buying 1,200 lbs of grapes and fermenting them in his apartment in Northwest Portland, Oregon. He focuses on making wines that are expressive of where they’re from. He likes making clean, uncomplicated, exciting, and accessible wines.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Wallula Vineyard: Considered by some to be the best vineyard site in Washington state, Wallula Vineyard is a picturesque growing location nestled high above the mighty Columbia River south of Kennewick. The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade and its perimeter totals 9 miles of varied terrain.
Phinny Hill: The Columbia Rediviva’s cabernet sauvignon and syrah flourish at our stellar estate grown site under grower Dick Beightol’s care. On the western side of the Horse Heaven Hills, Phinny Hill Vineyard sits at the top of a sun-drenched hill with rare cobble-filled soils, air drainage, generous heat and a view down on Champoux Vineyard and out towards the Columbia River. We are transitioning here to certified organic.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
Swordfight’s label is irreverently emblematic of the collaboration of winemakers Spencer Sievers (El Corazon) and Sean Boyd (Rotie Cellars).