Chuck Reininger and other acclaimed winemakers in the Walla Walla Valley continue to champion the cause for Syrah, and his latest release from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards is stunning. While he used all French oak barrels, none of them were new, allowing for lovely florals of lilac and lavender with enticing notes of blackberry jam, plum, maple syrup and black olive. The drink is bold and explodes with dark purple fruit and the tannins, while assertive, find balance because of the density of the fruit. A serving of rich cocoa makes for a thrilling finish. It’s primarily available at the tasting room along the old section of Highway 12, but distribution is handled in Oregon by Graybeal and in Seattle by Noble.
Production: 346 cases