Amavi Cellars 2012 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $32
Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains serves as the lifeblood for a number of wineries in the region, but it’s also the large estate planting for this sister brand of Pepper Bridge Winery. It forms nearly two-thirds of this Syrah, which is brimming with tones of blackberry, blueberry and Western serviceberry, backed by notes of vanilla, tar and charred cherry wood. The remarkable amount of acidity makes this more food-friendly than many Syrahs.
Production: 2,354 cases