Walter Dacon Wines 2009 C’est Syrah Beaux, Columbia Valley, $38

By on April 25, 2014

walter-dacon-wines-cest-syrah-beaux-2009-labelLloyd Anderson named his Shelton, Wash., winery for his grandfather, and he’s dedicated to Rhône varieties — particularly Syrah. His five styles with that grape make up much of his 2,000-case production, and he uses American oak to frame this — unlike his more voluptuous “Belle.” The aromas feature dried blueberry, black cherry, black licorice, black pepper, roasted coffee and chalkboard dust. Inside, it’s rich and juicy as Marionberry flavors jump into the lead, while pleasing textures of bittersweet chocolate and black licorice serve as the sendoff. This earned a silver medal at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 365 cases

Alcohol: 15.4%

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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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