Swiftwater Cellars 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

By on April 25, 2014

swiftwater-cellars-syrah-2010-bottleThis resort winery at Suncadia brought in fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills (42%), Walla Walla Valley (33%) and Red Mountain, then dropped the juice in a barrel program of 60% new French oak for 18 months, which makes for aromas of blackberry, plums and cherry juice that also pick up toast, white pepper and bacon. There’s a rich entry of blackberry and plum, followed by boysenberry acidiy and elderberry skin tannins. That medium structure with pleasing length should make for a pairing with grilled meats, game or stew at the on-premise Hoist House restaurant. This earned a silver medal at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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