Pend d’Oreille Winery 2011 Syrah, Washington, $21

By on August 8, 2015

Pend d'Oreille 2011 Syrah labelIdaho Panhandle winemaker James Bopp creates this Syrah from Weinbau Vineyard (75%) along the Wahluke Slope and Freepons Vineyard, a site in the Roza Hills of the Yakima Valley that’s been a key contributor to many Pend d’Oreille wines over the years. Its rich and heavy nose of blackberry, plum candy and blueberry includes herbal touches of horehound and mint. The palate offers a great mouth feel with Marionberry and black cherry candy, backed by sandy tannins that expand along with the steady push of fruit, capped by a pinch of black pepper. Founding winemaker Stephen Meyer suggests serving it with lamb, pork roast or comfort food.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 97 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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