8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Neppel Cellars 2009 Estate Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28

neppel-cellars-2009-syrahDavid Jones grows the single acre of estate grapes and makes the wine in partnership with Jack and Trina Myrick at their young and ultra-boutique winery in Moses Lake. Their focus is on estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and this release from their inaugural commercial vintage is beginning to hit its stride, evidenced by its gold medal at the 2013 Washington State Wine Competition in June. There’s hedonism in the heady aromas of huge mocha, blackberry syrup, vanilla bean and baking spices. On the palate, its structure is considerably more food-friendly. The addition of ripe blueberry juice makes for good acidity, and there’s just enough tannin in the background to stand up to rich meats. Suggested pairings include Tournedos Diane with a mushroom demi-glace. Look for Neppel wines in Moses Lake at Imbibe Wine & Art BarMichael’s Market & BistroPorterhouse Steakhouse and The Steakhouse at Moses Pointe.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 125 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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