Dusted Valley Vintners 2011 Stoney Vine Vineyard Tall Tales Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $53
Reminiscent of a product from the Northern Rhône of France, Dusted Valley’s release from its cobblestone vineyard in Milton-Freewater, Ore., broadcasts huge aromas of bacon, backed by notes of caramel, toffee, boysenberry and moist earth. The drink is of cherry compote with smoked meat flavors in a structure of slaty tannins and pleasing acidity. It’s a fascinating use of 100% third year Wisconsin oak barrels, and while pH level of 4.01 pops out on the tech sheet, there’s no flabbiness the palate.
Production: 96 cases