The Red Mountain American Viticultural Area is Washington state's smallest officially designated wine-growing area, but its size hasn't prevented it from acquiring national acclaim. The southwest facing slopes of the region provide warmer temperatures and greater exposure to sunlight than any other spot within the larger Columbia Valley AVA. Yet the Yakima River, also flowing southwest through the area, provides a moderating effect on the climate, by providing a conduit for cool air from the north to move downward, across the hillsides, seeking the lower elevation of the valley. Thus, the grapes planted on the hillside vineyards see ample sunlight, but the cooling air currents and chilly evenings during the growing season ensure they almost never overheat. The result are grapes with a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity.
Brent and Sarah Goedhart founded their eponymous winery in 2006, working exclusively with Syrah and seeking to add their own personal stamp to the unique qualities of the region. Fruit comes from the Bel' Villa Vineyard, owned by Tom and Anne-marie Hedges of Hedges Family Estate. Their Syrah block is located in the northwest corner of the vineyard, planted in silty, fast-draining soil.
Only 203 cases were produced of this impressively balanced wine, which benefited from even temperatures throughout the summer and an early fall marked by beautiful warm days and crisp, cool nights.
The wine is dark red, almost purple, in color, showing a nose of dried blueberry and cranberry, with a touch of orange peel, along with hints of black pepper, coffee, and smoke from the barrel. On the palate, there's orange, coffee, and smoke flavors, along with refreshing bright acidity. Well balanced tannins in the mid palate lead into a long smooth finish.
Grilled lamb sausage kabobs will be delightful when served alongside this bright and robust red.