Spicewood Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $23

By on February 8, 2014

Syrah12-OL.epsThis small Texas winery grows Syrah at its estate vineyard northwest of Austin, yet it has purchased Syrah from the Yakima Valley for the past six years via broker Lisa Kendall of Kendall Farms. The aromatic profile features blueberry, cherry juice and thyme, while the flavors bring ripe boysenberries and blueberries within a food-friendly structure that’s juicy and balanced. It received a silver medal at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, but more than one panel member believed it deserved better. Winery owner Ron Yates makes this wine — produced by Todd Crowell — available through its online store.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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