Northwest Syrah remains delicious, in demand

By on March 27, 2016

Burnt Bridge Cellars 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

burnt-bridge-cellars-coyote-canyon-vineyard-syrah-2013-bottleFounding winemaker/oncologist David Smith recently resigned from this downtown Vancouver, Wash., project to focus on cancer research, but this Syrah is just one of many delicious wines he’s left behind for partners Mark Mahan and Greg Wallace to sell with ease. Grapes from Mike Andrews’ erstwhile cattle ranch paved the way for a dense nose of plum jam, blueberry, bittersweet chocolate, mincemeat spices and butter. Huge extraction generates a hedonistic delivery that paints the tongue with blueberry syrup, plum and Marionberry. Its smoky and toasty finish also carries a bite of Aussie-style black licorice that’s quite intense. These wines are available at restaurants and wine shops in the Vancouver/Portland area.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 74 cases

Alcohol: 15.3%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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