Kyra Baerlocher makes about 2,000 cases each year inside her efficient winery just south of what was Larson Air Force Base in Washington state, and this is was from just her second vintage produced at the building she leases from the Port of Moses Lake. Most of the fruit she and her husband Bruce use comes off the Wahluke Slope and are farmed in conjunction with the Milbrandt brothers, a key component in the consistent quality of her wines. There’s just a touch of meat in the nose behind a stream of fruit descriptors that take in black cherry, blackberry, plums, dried currant, leather and black olive. The drink is juicy and quite pleasant with the focus on Marionberry and ripe cherry, making for a lighter-styled Syrah that shows restraint with tannin and oak. Suggested fare includes grilled sausages, lamb and stew.
Production: 200 cases