8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2011 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $14

Idaho wineBest Buy! One of Idaho’s oldest and largest producers continues to produce some of the Gem State’s finest reds. Napa Valley transplant Bill Murray has crafted a superb Syrah, showing once again the promise of Rhône Valley varieties in the Snake River Valley’s high-elevation vineyards. This opens with aromas of black currant candy, white pepper, plum sauce and oak, followed by flavors of blackberry jam, ripe boysenberry and dark chocolate. It’s all backed with bright acidity and moderate tannins.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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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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