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Two More Wines From The Bunnell Family Cellar


I was curious to try more of Bunnell’s wines after tasting the 2007 Syrah, Clifton Hill Vineyard that I had purchased on an earlier trip.  With Michael’s help at City Cellars in Seattle I was able to obtain these two selections.  The 2007 vif was purchased for $34 and the 2006 Syrah, Clifton Hills Vineyard for $42.

Jenn and I opened these bottled together.  Both wines were quite closed for the first half of an hour but then continued to open up over the next several hours.  You will be missing out if you drink a glass early on, these wines really do need air!  I recommend both of these wines.  If you have never drunk a Bunnell wine before then start with the vif.  Even though it is almost $10 cheaper it is a cracking good wine.  Actually, I give a slight tilt towards the vif since it does not have the sweet notes I found in the 2006 and 2007 Syrahs.

2007 The Bunnell Family Cellar, vif, Columbia Valley
This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 27% Mourvedre, and 13% Petite Sirah.  The Syrah was sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope.  The Mourvedre and Petite Sirah were sourced from the Wahluke Slope.  The specific vineyards are the Andrews-Rowell, Northridge, and Stonetree.  The wine was aged for 17 months in American and Hungarian oak.  There were 367 cases produced.  The nose eventually revealed focused aromas of lavender, herbs de Provence, and roasted earth.  According to Jenn, the wine was medium-bodied but was light in fruit-weight.  There were some flavors of smoke, a salty profile, and a savory aftertaste.  With air it put on weight and became a little spicy.  Good stuff!  This is more approachable right now than the Syrah.

2006 The Bunnell Family Cellar, Syrah, Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
This wine is 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier that were cofermented.  The grapes were sourced from the Clifton Hill Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope.  The wine was aged in American and Hungarian oak.  There were 204 cases produced.  On the first night there were some banana notes mixed with Bazooka Joe.  The fruit is more concentrated than the vif.  On the second night the fruit was pleasingly weighty with flavors of sour cherry mixed with smoky earth.  The tannins are soft and integrated in this harmonious wine.  I would age this another year or two but if you drink it now then decant the wine for several hours.

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