Of these three offerings from Horsepower, the 2015 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard will require the most time, as it`s the most tight-knit at this early stage, slowly unwinding in the glass with savory aromas of raw cocoa, tapenade, nori and ripe blackberries. On the palate, it`s full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a rich chassis of satiny structuring tannins and a layered, umami-laden core of fruit. At 13.6% alcohol, it`s also beautifully balanced.
As the oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert, Christophe Baron, founder of Horsepower Vineyards, was born into the wine industry. He grew up working on their land in the Marne Valley of the Champagne region of France, which has been in the family since 1677. Baron pioneered the biodynamic farming movement in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State in 2002, and gained further experience with winemaking for Cayuse Vineyards. To this day, two draft horses named Red and Zeppo, cultivate the three Horsepower vineyards and pay homage to the French vignerons and their farming processes from generations before.
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