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Columbia Crest 2016 Grand Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley, $12
Proud Argentine winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca continues to make the case that “Crest is best,” particularly when it comes to the price point for Columbia Crest’s Grand Estates program. Classic notes of Syrah akin to blackberry, blueberry and cola include hints of baking spices from the 10% new oak. Jammy blue fruit flavors are balanced by black tea and savoriness from Kalamata olive. There’s great depth and mouth feel to this Syrah, which finishes with cocoa and black licorice. This wine, which is co-fermented with Viognier and incorporates Grenache into the final blend, earned a double gold medal and best of class at the 35th Washington State Wine Competition, staged in the heart of Washington wine country on the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley College. Enjoy with soft cheeses, pork tenderloin and grilled salmon.
Production: 23,000 cases