Reininger Winery 2011 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $46

By on August 7, 2014

reininger-winery-syrah-2011-bottleChuck Reininger proudly claims that his — the 10th bonded winery in the valley — was the first to use only Walla Walla Valley fruit. His top-flight Syrah from a cool vintage continues that legacy, a blend of Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards. Its perfumy aromas come with hints of lilac and lavender behind black plum, blackberry and gaminess, which also pick up French oak notes of mocha and vanilla. Inside are dark and rich brambleberries, backed by bright acidity of blueberry and Earl Grey tea. The length and balance should pair well with suggestion of a bacon burger with grilled mushrooms, lamb, spareribs, or brats. This wine is available primarily at the tasting room.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 346 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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