95 Insider Points
Get ready for a unique wine experience, one that you will not forget. Our recent trip to Oregon uncovered this co-fermented blend of Syrah and Viognier is aged for 57 months in french and american oak, and the fruit all comes from a single vineyard in the Yamhill Carlton AVA of Willamette Valley. I found red cherry, red plum and a wonderful lavender note on the nose with cassis, blackberry and bramble. The viognier has an enticing influence on the wine, adding a floral character that’s more herbal than tree fruit. In the 10 minutes we spent tasting the wine, layer after layer of new flavors presented, I would recommend pouring the wine in a decanter and drinking it over the course of a couple hours. Highly recommended, enjoy this wine through 2019. - DZ Oct, 2014
An incredible 57 months in barrel means that this single-vineyard Syrah is a current release wine, (that we’ve just tasted and been blown away by!) An old-world Côte Rôtie style, co-fermented with Viognier, with use of whole clusters creating complex layers of texture, spicy earth notes, this exceptional red is a talking-point wine Premium members exclusively!
Following the tradition of top Northern Rhône producers in the famed Côte Rôtie appellation, such as Rostaing and Jamet, winemaker Todd Hamina uses very little new oak, and includes a lot of whole clusters of grapes in the fermenter. Another nod to the old-world classic is the co-fermentation of a few percent of Viognier with the Syrah. This white grape adds a floral aromatic, softness and complexity to the wine; it also acts to “fix” the color and aromatic of the Syrah. The 2009 Biggio Hamina “Deux Vert” Vineyard Syrah is normally available at Todd’s McMinnville, Oregon tasting room only, but is so unique and delicious we begged for some bottles to share with the invino Premium members.
Reasons We Love It:
- Sustainably certified and dry farmed “Deux Vert” vineyard in the Willamette Valley’s moderately warm Yamhill Carlton AVA is the source of the oldest Syrah and Viognier plantings in the State of Oregon. The cool northern climate of the Willamette is considered too risky by many farmers for Syrah; and its a comparison worth making to the Northern Rhône valley where the grapes just reach ripeness over the long Fall season.
- Winemaker Todd Hamina learnt from the greats, with three vintages at Archery Summit alongside icons in Oregon winemaking Gary Andrus and Sam Tannahill, and viticulturalist Andy Humphrey; a stint at Elk Cove with Adam Campbell, and a position as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker for Patton Valley.
- Hamina’s style is based around the inclusion of whole clusters of fruit (which encourages a spicy, earthy perfume to develop in the wine, as well as fine structure) and minimal use of new oak.
Ruby red in color. Bright notes of raspberry and red plum. Rounded out with Honeysuckle, olive tapaneade, white pepper, hoisin sauce.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
From the winery:
At Biggio Hamina Cellars we make wines that are true to their varietal and site. We believe in Terroir and pour over every detail to ensure you a wine that is wholly dedicated to the vineyard. We love pretty wines. We love to have beautiful perfumed aromas leap out of the glass backed up with silky tannins. We really are searching for the iron fist in a velvet glove. Try our wines and see how we've done.
We work with growers to ensure the farming is done in a timely and sustainable manner. More important than any certification is sheer dedication, and that is what our growers provide to us. Once we have made the decision to bring the fruit in our focus is to protect its integrity. We can assure you that we love what we do and that it shows.
This wine is marvelous with all types of beef, including hamburgers, along with lamb, barbecued chicken and pork, grilled spicy sausages, and strong cheeses.