Bledsoe - Signature Series

Howling wind, driving snow, and frigid temperatures were the setting that fateful winter evening as my great uncle, Robert Tillman Matthews, braved the Montana elements to save a young filly half buried and freezing to death in the snow. It was a dramatic rescue, but one that Uncle Tim would soon regret. Shortly after returning to the warmth of his barn, Uncle Tim found himself staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of horse thieving by the filly's owner. A fight ensued and unfortunately Uncle Tim didn’t have a chance to explain his side of the story... he was shot and killed that cold night in his barn. Eventually the perpetrator was caught and brought to trial for murder. He spent his remaining days in the Deer Lodge Territorial Prison for gunning down Uncle Tim that cold winter night.

Sometimes doing the right thing leads one down an unexpected path of fate. We still believe in doing the right thing and this wine is dedicated to the memory of Great Uncle Robert Tillman Matthews—may he rest in peace.

I am personally intrigued by many grape varietals and wine styles, and as such, this project has been aptly named the Drew Bledsoe Signature Series. Over time as we come across amazing fruit from other vineyard sources we will release unique wines that meet the Signature Series criteria.

’09
Tasting Notes
Barrel/Aging Program
Aged in 100% once used French oak for 20 months
Vineyard Sources
Flying B Vineyard, Columbia Valley
Blend Profile
100% Syrah
Production
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling date: July 2011
Release date: October 2011
Retail price: $48
Cases produced: 100
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Technical notes

Drew's notes

This wine doesn’t hide in the glass. It’s all right there for your enjoyment. Balanced acidity, soft tannins. Chris made a great call when it came to harvesting the fruit. The fruit is just ripe but not jammy like some of the new-world Syrahs we all know so well. Mr. Figgins may not want to change his business card to include Syrah but he made me proud with this one. Enjoy the ’09 Syrah and look for more interesting projects coming in the future with our Signature Series wines.

Drew Bledsoe ~ Proprietor

Chris's notes

Nose bursts from the glass with crushed black cherries and wet stones after a summer rain. Delicious, ripe but precise high acid fruit. More Northern Rhone style than Southern. Super long velvety tannins and remarkable freshness. What can I say; the guy knows how to motivate a team. I am, begrudgingly, very proud of this wine. By the way—no corkscrew required, finished with a revolutionary glass decanter style topper. Salud!

Chris Figgins ~ Consulting Winemaker
’12
Tasting Notes
Barrel/Aging Program
Aged in 31% new French oak and 69% once used French oak for 20 months
Vineyard Sources
Echo Ridge Vineyard, Columbia Valley
Blend Profile
100% Syrah
Production
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling date: July 2014
Release date: October 2014
Retail price: $48
Cases produced: 400
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Technical notes

Drew's notes

The 2012 Stolen Horse Syrah is deep and dark in the glass with an elegant ruby tint at the edge. As with our Doubleback Cabernet, we avoid looking for over the top extraction and over-ripe fruit. Our aim is to harvest at the exact right time and then allow the fruit to shine through. This wine is an excellent example of the style of Syrah I prefer, balanced and subtly nuanced.

I hesitate to compare Columbia Valley Syrah to any other region in the world. Syrah grown here seems to pull some of the best qualities from the Rhone Valley, but also has our region’s bright fresh fruit. I hope you all enjoy as much as I do.

Drew Bledsoe ~ Proprietor

Chris's notes

I love this wine aromatically, which leads with dried cranberries, graham crackers, and black licorice, with hints of boysenberries, vanilla, blueberry compote, and dark bitter chocolate. Deliciously fruitful on the palate with silky smooth tannins, but possessing just enough grip and acidity to keep the wine fresh and in frame. Drinking fantastically right now and will age great for another 7 years for the patient.

Chris Figgins ~ Consulting Winemaker