#21 Devil’s Smoke Stack Port

The Blend

Syrah 33%
Petite Sirah 67%

Our #21 port wine was created utilizing two different grapes from two different vineyards from two different vintages.  In keeping with our tradition of making a port wine from multiple vintages, our #21 is a blend of 2015 Syrah and 2016 Petite Sirah.

Read More About the Vintage Years 20152016

The #21 Devil’s Smoke Stack hails from two excellent Washington State vineyards.  The 2015 Syrah was harvested from the Rivers Bend vineyard located just west of Benton City.  2016 vintage Petite Sirah was picked from the prestigious Phinney Hill vineyard located in the Horse Heavens Hills AVA.

All fruit was handpicked into ½ ton bins.  Within hours, the fruit arrived at the winery to ensure the highest quality possible.  All of the grapes were sorted by hand to glean out any damaged fruit.  The grapes clusters were destemmed and lightly crushed into one – ton fermentation bins. The yeast fermentation proceeded at temperatures ranging from 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit over an 11 to 13 day period.  Once the yeast fermentation reached a Brix reading of 10, each wine was pressed off.  At 8.5 Brix, a 22 percent brandy add was made to stop the yeast fermentation.  Once the majority of the yeast settled out, the port wine was transferred to new French oak barrels.  The brandy utilized was made from select C R Sandidge Merlot barrels of wine chosen to be distilled for our port program.  Our brandy was aged 10 months in new American oak barrels.  The malo – lactic fermentation was also stopped due to the high alcohol content. The wine was tightly filtered at bottling.

I love making wine.  I enjoy a fine – smooth richly structured port.  Our #21 possesses opulent flavors and aromas of raisined black cherry, plum and blackberry. These fruit driven components match perfectly with caramel, a bit of black pepper, sweet vanilla bean and mocha coffee barrel notes.  The mouthfeel is full bodied and just keeps giving long after passing over your palate.  This wine may be aged a good 15 to 20 years.  Enjoy with the finest blue cheeses or salted – roasted nuts.  A nice medium to full bodied cigar will also do the trick!  Thank-you for your friendship and support.  Enjoy!!

Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 19.8%
Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter
pH: 3.59
Residual Sugar: 80g/liter
Cases Produced: 98 + 10 bottles
AVA: Columbia Valley

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $40.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $32.00
Case Discount: 30%