8 Outstanding Northwest Syrahs

By on July 28, 2013

Reininger Winery 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $44

washington wineBefore he opened a winery in the Walla Walla Valley, Chuck Reininger was a professional mountain climber. In fact, he has summited many of the highest peaks in this hemisphere. He reaches more new heights with this Syrah using grapes from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards. It is a gorgeous red with aromas of plush dark fruit, including cordial cherry and Marionberry, along with hints of toasted marshmallow. On the palate, it provides a smooth entry that gives way to flavors of black pepper, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit and rich, round tannins. This wine was so delicious, it had us reaching for the thesaurus to come up with more descriptions.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 392 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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