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Cottonwood Winery of Oregon 2008 Raya Jade Syrah, Yakima Valley, $19
Crawford Vineyard near Prosser, Wash., has served as the source for this Syrah ever since the Liebermans launched their winery in the Oregon state capital. Hangtime until Nov. 6 meant the grapes came in at 26 Brix, and the juice spent 33 months in predominantly older French oak. The aromas of blackberry and dark plums come with a backdrop of smoky and spicy tones. It’s a lighter-styled Syrah with juicy blackberry and cherry cola flavors, supported by plum skin tannins and a chocolaty finish. These wines are available at the Amity tasting room as well as restaurants and wine shops in both states.
Production: 444 cases