Syrah is superb in Northwest wine country

By on February 15, 2015

Westport Winery 2012 Discovery Vineyard Surfer Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $27

westport-winery-surfer-syrah-nv-labelFamed manager Paul Champoux consulted on this 30-acre site up to his recent retirement, and the list of clients that owners Kay and Milo May sell to is a rather heady list. The Roberts family in Westport, Wash., now enjoys pulling fruit from this decade-old vineyard, and their Syrah is intense with purple fruit and framed by toasty oak. Aromas of brown sugar, Marionberry, dark plum, black olive and dark chocolate are matched on the silky palate, which picks up hints of cherry pipe tobacco, black licorice, teriyaki and pomegranate acidity. Suggested pairings at the winery’s on-premise restaurant include surf and turf, and proceeds from the sales of this wine are sent to the South Beach Emergency Medical Series.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 133 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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