Telaya Wine Co. 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $26
Telaya is a small winery in the suburbs of Boise, Idaho, that uses grapes from Washington’s Columbia Valley. The 2009 version of this wine won a gold medal this spring at the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition, and the 2010 follows through with the same quality. The grapes come from West Hills and Gamache vineyards, and the wine opens wtih aromas of oak, blackberry, saffron threads, ripe dark berries and smoke. On the palate, it unveils flavors of blueberry, Marionberry, bacon and smoke. It’s a big, rich wine that is backed with superb acidity and ample tannin. The structure gives way to a lengthy finish and should help this pair well with grilled or braised meats or hearty Italian dishes.
Production: 150 cases