Southard Syrah 2009 is a featured new release on northwest-wine.com today:
Wine Enthusiast’s Paul Gregutt anointed Southard as his “winery of the year” and said of the 2009 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah, “you can pay four times as much for comparable Royal Slope [Syrah] projects, or grab this jewel.” Scott Southard makes the wines with his father Doug. The winery is located outside Selah, Washington, northwest of Yakima, on the western border of the Yakima wine route up and down US 82.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast
Southard Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 2009
$22.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case*
Dark and bloody, this fascinating Syrah masterfully mixes layer upon layer of detail. Red meat, black olive, cassis and earth roll across the tongue, while hints of floral scents and chocolate linger in the nose. Complex, tart and earthy, this is as good as it gets in this price range.
Among the wineries I have covered early on are Leonetti Cellar, Quilceda Creek, Betz Family, DeLille, Cayuse, K Vintners, Fielding Hills, Beresan, Rulo… Southard has the potential of being that good.” – Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
at right, Lawrence Vineyard
Lawrence Vineyard is down the road from Southard and supplies most of the grapes for the Southard wines. The Lawrence family farmed the Royal Slope, located in central Washington, for 40 years, adding two vineyards to their plantings starting in 2003. They farm 120 acres of grapes on two sites, Laura Lee Vineyard and Corfu Crossing Vineyard. Corfu Crossing is on the Frenchman Hills overlooking the Saddle Mountains.
If you visit Southard, a wonderful nearby attraction is the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, which attracts large numbers of ducks and geese, averages over 100,000 species during the winter seasons, including more than 200 other species of birds, such as songbirds, curlews, hawks, owls, great blue heron, sandhill cranes and tundra swans. Day