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Ledger David Cellars 2013 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $42
Wisconsin-born farmer/surgeon David Traul and his wife, Lena Varner, began growing grapes for their winery program in 2006, so their Syrah program from the Varner-Traul Vineyard is just beginning to hit its stride. This latest expression opens with enticing aromas of blueberry, black currant and plum with spice notes of pepper and clove. Those purple fruit notes ply their way to the palate, spotlighting Marionberry, backed by juicy acidity and ample tannins. This earned silver medals at both the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle and Cascadia wine competitions. Their Le Petit tasting room in Central Point is near acclaimed Rogue Creamery, which makes for natural pairings, but they also enjoy their latest Syrah with Lamb Shank Osso Buco.
Production: 83 cases