Syrah is superb in Northwest wine country

By on February 15, 2015

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $15

Chateau-Ste.-Michelle-Syrah-2012-BottleBest Buy! The Wahluke Slope might be the sweet spot for Syrah in Washington state, and that’s where Ray McKee and his red wine team made the draw for most of this lot, which includes 1% Viognier. They aged it 18 months in 69% neutral oak, yet there’s still an abundance of vanilla and roasted coffee in front of blackberry, dark plum, blueberry, mint and leather. It’s more fruit-forward on the palate with more blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry, backed by plum skin tannins, more vanilla and espresso grounds. Suggested pairings include grilled salmon, herb-rubbed roasts and pungent cheeses.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 27,000 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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