8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Ross Andrew Winery 2009 Boushey Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley, $38

Washington wineFew grow red wine grapes better than Dick Boushey. He has been farming wine grapes north of Grandview in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley for three decades, and the Syrah is especially superb. This wine by Ross Mickel, a Woodinville winemaker, takes full advantage of Boushey’s prowess. This opens with aromas of orange zest, fresh plum, dark chocolate and oak. On the palate, it reveals flavors of sweet blueberry, black licorice, ripe black fruit and moist earth. It’s a classic cool-climate Syrah.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 500

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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