Best Buy! Argentina fútbol supporter/winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca and his team in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills strike a winning combination by pulling fruit primarily from the steamy Wahluke Slope, co-fermenting with Viognier (5%) for a week, then sending the juice into a barrel program of 35% French oak for 16 months. It makes for a fruity yet complex nose of blackberry jam, plum, Black Forest Cake, crushed walnut and a whiff of bacon fat. Inside, the profile is very berry and mouthcoating as bright tannins and juicy acidity lead to a hedonistic finish of caramelized sugar. It’s a Syrah you could almost drink with a fork, but instead reach for pork tenderloin, grilled salmon or soft cheeses.
Production: 15,000 cases