Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2008 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

fort-walla-walla-syrahWinemakers Cliff Kontos and Jim Moyer used grapes from famed Pepper Bridge Vineyard and blended in just a touch of Merlot to round out this superb Syrah. Graphite, blackberry, plum, earth and cured meat aromas greet the taster, followed in the mouth by blackberry and blueberry fruit, dark chocolate, black pepper and a pleasant nip of tannin in the finish.

Price: $28

Production: 447 cases

Alcohol: 14.15%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. 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 a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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