Several wineries in downtown Carlton, Ore., rely on Washington’s side of the Columbia Valley for the fruit in their un-Burgundy programs, and the Helbigs source their Syrah from Crawford Vineyard in Prosser, Wash. This version is not your syrupy Syrah, starting with aromas of chocolate-covered pomegranate, purple plum, dried cherry and alder smoke. The drink is a blend of racy raspberry and vibrant blackberry flavors, keeping the focus on lingering acidity rather than tannin. And there’s no need to use a corkscrew with this Vino-Seal glass stopper enclosure, which Alcoa first released to Germany in 2003.
Production: 150 cases