People traditionally build walls to keep things out but “cheys”, the historic Côte-Rôtie walls, were built to keep a very elusive something in: “They trap goodness,” says Ali. On steep mountainsides cheys, some dating back to the ancient Romans, help to secure the earth, prevent erosion, and contain all that is wonderful about slope-grown Syrah. The goodness inside this bottle comes from Syrah co-fermented with three percent whole cluster Grenache Blanc, giving it an elegant finesse. Ali recommends also opening a bottle of Gaspard Syrah to drink with Cheys, “It’s such a fun comparison -- they both have tons of personality.”
The Walls winemaking team proclaims this wine “has the funk”! It was babied a bit, aged in thick barrels to keep in all the goodness of this scorching vintage. “We loved it so much we didn’t want to let it outside!” says Ali. A bit bolder than the 2014 vintage, it explodes in mouth with bold tannins followed by a subtle landslide of taste, growing more beautiful with every sip.