Boise winemaker Earl Sullivan works with a growing number of top vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley to expand his portfolio of award-winning wines, and this example of Syrah features Gamache and West Hills vineyards. That collaboration creates a nose of boysenberry jam, Damson plum and black currant with notes of maple syrup, chalkboard dust and a plate of charcuterie. The drink is rich and jammy with Marionberry, blueberry and vanilla extract flavors, yet there’s succulent acidity running from start to finish. There’s more good news to come as Wine Press Northwest’s 2015 Idaho Winery to Watch will stage a “ground-raising” ceremony on July 10 for its new vinification facility along the Boise River bike path in Garden City.
Production: 150 cases