This wine is named for Cygnus, the constellation in the stars the represents the Swan. The namesake is fitting. The Swan is graceful and elegant. The Syrah, a Washington State product done in a French-style with New World power, shares these traits. It also happens to be absolutely delicious. The 2007 Cygnus features more black fruits than red, with blackberry, and candied black cherry notes up front and mid-palate, with cedar and spices present on the finish. The initial grippy tannins are now more restrained and integrated, and this wine has benefited from its cellaring and is drinking well now.
From the esteemed Yakima Valley, the grapes used for Cygnus are pristine and matched perfectly with 16 months of oak aging. These wines are now 11 years old and aged to perfection, a rarity in the industry. However, our customers are the benefactors of this incredible aging process.
A good decanting time will help this gem open up and come into its fully glory. Cygnus, dry, with proper acid and restrained oak, remains a live wine now and in years to come. Notes of pepper, tobacco and ripe blackberries remain undimmed and in harmony with its oak, soft tannin and acid. Cygnus, too, embodies Empyrean’s very personal vision of well-aged, well-made, wines that showcase the incredible Washington State.