18. L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $34
Despite what many maintain, there is still a market for great Syrah, and here’s one from a legend in Walla Walla that you don’t need to be on a waiting list for. It opens with aromas of black cherry, poached plum, blueberry, vanilla and minerality. The drink brings a bold and rich structure of boysenberry, chocolate-covered cherries and fig with Marionberry and earthiness in the finish. The tannin structure could be a fingerprint of the decision to ferment 20% of the lot on the stems.
Production: 1,015 cases