Dobbes Family Estate 2012 Fortmiller Vineyard Syrah, Oregon, $50

By on April 4, 2016

dobbes-family-estate-fortmiller-vineyard-syrah-nv-bottleA couple of decades ago, when he was the head winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Joe Dobbes’ talent with Southern Oregon fruit led to the quick embrace of the Griffin Creek brand among Willamette Valley wine lovers. He hasn’t lost his touch with Syrah, thanks to his collaboration with growers Don and Traute Moore, whose family farms Fortmiller Vineyard – a 30-acre site in the Rogue Valley. This wine took a gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and it’s easy to know why. It brings a steady stream of Marionberry jam, blueberry and black currant spearmint and a whiff of wild game.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 303 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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