This sophisticated Syrah was aged for 16 months in mostly neutral French oak barrels giving it an old world
kiss. Bold aromas of dark fruits, soft cloves and forrest floor lift from the glass with hints of Asian spices
and orange rind. This wine is nimble and focused with flavors of black plum, dusty herbal notes and
Blackberry, plum, red currant, pomegranate, violet and orange rind.
Tertulia is a Spanish word meaning “a social gathering of friends.” The founders chose this name because
they believe there is no better way to enjoy a fine bottle of wine than amongst friends. The winery is located
south of Walla Walla with a stunning view of the Blue Mountains. At Tertulia Cellars, the focus is to make
wines of quality and distinction from the finest vineyards in both the Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys.
This Syrah comes from Les Collines (The Foothills), one of the higher vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley
with an upper elevation of 1,380 feet. The 240 acre vineyard places an emphasis on minimal input farming
with its own composting operation and extensive use of compost tea. It is internationally certified for
Sustainable Farming by the IOBC and is certified as a Salmon Safe Vineyard.
Well-marbled steaks, roasts, chops and stews provide the protein and richness that will show off the
Tertulia Syrah at its finest. Lamb is a classic partner to Syrah; beef, with its meaty intensity, will also be
terrific, as will pork and game. For accent ingredients, black pepper, mild spices, green herbs and earthy
ingredients like mushrooms and root vegetables will complement the wine’s dense flavors and structured
tannins. Try the wine with dishes like lamb tagine, spice-rubbed short ribs, five-spice pork or with my
Grilled Fennel-Spiced Lamb Chops and Heirloom Polenta with Persimmon Vinaigrette.
On September 1, 1836, Marcus Whitman arrived in Walla Walla with his wife Narcissa Whitman in an
unsuccessful attempt to convert the local Walla Walla tribe to Christianity. Following a disease epidemic,
both were killed by the Cayuse who believed that the missionaries were poisoning the native peoples.