8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Smasne Cellars 2010 Lawrence Vineyard Block #3 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $44

Washington wineThis wine is consistently one of winemaker Robert Smasne’s best, as prior vintages have won numerous awards and accolades. This new release is no different, earning our top rating. It comes from Lawrence Vineyard, which is a cool area of the Columbia Valley north of the Wahluke Slope. This opens as a classic Washington Syrah, offering aromas of leather, boysenberry and black pepper, followed by bright flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum and a bit of chocolate on the finish. Impressive acidity lifts up all the fruit, making this a great wine to serve with duck, prime rib, mushroom risotto or gourmet pizza.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%


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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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