Waters Winery 2011 Syrah, Washington, $32

By on May 12, 2014

waters-winery-syrahA number of the top-flight Syrah bottlings from Walla Walla wineries hail from Yakima Valley vineyards but list either “Columbia Valley” or “Washington” as the growing region. This production of Minick Vineyard by winemaker Jamie Brown follows suit. The leading scents hint at boysenberry, blackberry and cherry taffy, followed by hints of rose hips, charcoal and vanilla. On the pour comes a spill of cherry, cassis and red raspberry as juicy acidity and slick tannins make this more food-friendly than most Syrahs, especially with its lower alcohol profile. While this vintage is no longer available at the winery, ask for this at grocers such as Matthews Fresh Market in Bellevue or a merchant like Bin 41 in West Seattle.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,054 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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