8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Saviah Cellars 2009 Funk Estate Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $45

saviah-cellars-09-funk-syrahMontana native Richard Funk works in the neighborhood of some of the Pacific Northwest’s best Syrah, and his young eponymous vineyard – established in 2007 – shows remarkable character with third-leaf fruit from the proposed Rocks of Milton-Freewater AVA. There’s a huge nose of blackberry, orange oil, fresh-baked brownies and rose hip spice. On the palate is a presentation of ripe, but not sweet, fresh blueberry juice and boysenberry for delicious acidity. The tannin structure is background support, allowing for a finish of orange juice. Its high pH (3.96) hints at the hedonism and would suggest enjoying this sooner rather than later with bacon-wrapped filet mignon or seared elk tenderloin.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 147 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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