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If there's a better, more consistently excellent Washington Syrah for the money, prove it! This is positively dynamite juice, a textbook Syrah with great fruit, spice, and meatiness, on a rich and easy-to-drink frame. Case-worthy.

Previous vintage notes:

Wine Spectator 91 points: "Focused, dense and polished, with blackberry, cherry and floral flavors on a glassy, smooth texture, lingering easily and showing some transparency on the finish. Has intensity and grace. Drink now through 2018."

Previous vintage notes: the nose alone on the 2011 Ex Umbris makes me giddy. Aromas of warm pie berries and caramel beckon from the glass. A seamlessly smooth body leads to juicy dark red fruit and a subtle savoriness on the palate. Ready to drink now. Highly Recommended! - Andy

Ex Umbris was inspired by the motto "Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem" (From shadows and symbols goes the truth). Owen Roe owner and winemaker David O'Reilly was moved by the stark contrast between the forest fire-blackened land in the Yakima Valley and the verdant grapevines full of Syrah fruit located literally at the edge of the wildfire. Years after the forest fire, the wine continues to have a hint of the smokiness of the burned land in its scent and flavors. Twice a Wine Spectator Top 100 wine, the Ex Umbris is our most popular Washington Syrah.

Read More about Ex Umbris Syrah with complete historical tasting notes.

100% Columbia Valley Syrah:
17.5% from the Yakima Valley AVA : 11.5% from the Red Willow Vineyard, & 6% from Outlook Vineyard
77% from the Columbia Valley AVA : 15% from the Lewis Vineyard, 24% from the Six Prong Vineyard & 38% from the Erickson Vineyard
5.5% from Walla Walla AVA: St Isidore Vineyard (Source for Owen Roe's Lady Rosa Syrah)

The deep ink hue is the first sign of the intensity found in this 2011 Syrah. Aromas of rich berry fruit such as boysenberry and blackberry, pomegranate and dark chocolate are intertwined with spicy flavors of licorice, cinnamon and toasty oak. The palate is coated with firm tannins and gripping acidity. While this wine is still very young, being bottled in February 2013, we recommend delaying your first sip until June or July. Cellar for 8+ years. - the winery

2010 Vintage

Washington's best value Syrah - and our most popular wine of 2011 - is back! The nose of the Ex Umbris 2010 is pure Syrah, with a smoky, mouthwatering black fruit. Plush flavors of dark plums and cherries partner with sarsaparilla and cream, adding hints of cherry tobacco and peppery bacon on the finish. I recommend opening it up early or decanting it - on day 2, Ex Umbris 2010 really starts singing.

2007 Vintage Wine Spectator says: "Velvety, offering a plush mouthful of spicy cherry and red berry flavors, playing against plush tannins and hints of milk chocolate on the long, vivid finish. Syrah. Drink now through 2014." - H.S.

Ex Umbris's 2006 vintage was the Wall Street Journal's Number One pick in their Dow Jones Washington Syrah Index.

Ex Umbris's 2005 vintage was Number 69 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007.

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