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Syrah 19

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Syrah 19
Syrah 19

First Syrah since 2014 for Obelisco.  We believe it is one you will not forget!

Tasting notes

2019 OBELISCO Syrah

AVA:  Red Mountain

Winemakers:  Ken Abbott, Hope Nastri

Blend:  87% Syrah, 9% Cabernet, 4% Malbec

Vineyards:  Red Heaven, Obelisco

Barrels:  30% new; 100% French


Tasting Notes:Deep, dark purple color. On the nose, there is blackberry aroma with dried basil, soft spice, vanilla, and a bit of cocoa. On the palate this wine is full, lush and silky with blackberry fruit, rounded spices, toasted oak and hints of graham cracker and wild berry.  It is surprisingly soft, but the flavor presence wakes up the taste buds. The mouth feel is lush and smooth on the entry, dances on your tongue with some subtle acids and then leaves a long tail of rich fruit and spice.


Cellaring:Because it is made from quality Red Mountain and Obelisco grapes this wine should age well for the next 5 to 10 years easily.  Should get silkier with age.


Production:The fruit for this wine is from Red Heaven on Red Mountain and is the Sara Lee clone. Traditionally, this clone is a more fruit forward Syrah, but can also be a fruit bomb. We were careful to bring out the fruit without making it too big. The Cabernet and Malbec added came from the Obelisco vineyard. We added just enough to soften the fruit and enhance its’ characteristics to make it an Obelisco style wine.


Harvest notes:2019 was another hot year in the vineyard, but the early set of the vines led to an easy and good yield.  Rather than worrying about yield like some years, we actually, trimmed back some of the fruit on the vineyard to make sure concentrations were good. The sugars and flavors seemed to develop at an even rate making the picking decisions easier for our team.  There was enough coolness in the evenings of the Fall to give us some extra hang time without the chemistry changing too much.  We were also able to avoid some of the smoke that some got from the wildfires that had been so rampant that time of the year.

Download Wine Notes
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardRed Heaven and Obelisco
DesignationObelisco Estate
Harvest Date10/01/2019
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/09/2021
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington
Sparkling WineNo

Red Heaven and Obelisco Estate - Both on Red Mountain WA

Red Heaven Characteristics

Elevation: 752-930 feet
Acres: 47
Hezel loamy fine sand
Warden silt loam





Obelisco Estates Vineyard - Red Mountain  


- Elevation: 762-871 feet

- Acres: 30

- Scooteney silt loam
- Warden silt loam


The main 30 acre vineyard, designed and planted for the sole purpose of producing intensely complex, elegant and rich red wines, is located on the southwest facing slope bathed in sunlight throughout long daylight hours, with cool nights and the moderating effect of the Yakima River below. Obelisco Estate vineyard is perfectly situated to grow world class grapes noted for their structure, acidity and intense varietal character. The vineyard is one of the most intensely planted vineyards in the Northwest.

The vineyard is located in the Red Mountain terrior which is known for some of the best growing conditions for Bordeaux varietals in North America. The unusual soil depths and ideal cumulative maturation time are un-matched in Washington.


Ken Abbott


As the GM, I carry on the family tradition of producing wine at Obelisco with my Aunt Betsy and as a steward of the family’s style of wines. In honor of Doug who was the founder with Betsy, I and my amazing team at Obelisco carry on the love to help people “Celebrate Life.”

As the winemaker, it is important to carry on the tradition that was impressed upon me by my uncle. We strive to make intense varietals that stand out with their characteristics and don't let you forget that you are drinking a premium wine.

Wine that is big with lots of flavor, yet with approachable elegance, is the goal. I am always looking for ways to improve while staying within the family style that we love.  Incremental adjustments each year to maintain the quality have become the norm. We have to be a little inconsistent in our methodology every year, since the harvest is different every year. This way we can keep our wines strung together in the style that we love.



Hope Nastri


“I’m surprised it took me so long to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, since I lived so long surrounded by vineyards and wineries,” Hope says.

The New York-born winemaker lived most of her life in Eastern Washington. The former high school math teacher and stockbroker started in the labs at Washington wineries Artifex and Goose Ridge Cellars before working her way into enologist and assistant winemaker roles at The Walls.

Hope has a fantastic palate and understood Obelisco's vision for making the best wine that we can possibly make while bringing out the characteristics of one of the best vineyards planted in Washington.

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