Syrah plays a big role in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is it the third-most-popular red wine in Washington (and similarly popular in Oregon and Idaho), but it also finds its way into a lot of red blends.
And this is important because not only is Syrah a delicious wine when it’s on its own, but it also adds a lot to blends, whether the winemaker chooses to lead with it or just add a bit.
Syrah is a dark wine with rich flavors. It tends to be less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, so adding Syrah to a blend can soften a red wine and make it more approachable. It can add midpalate depth thanks to its rich, round, soft flavors. It can provide complexity to aromas because of its notes of everything from plum and blackberry to dark chocolate, spices and sizzling bacon.
Here are a dozen delicious Northwest red blends that use Syrah. Some of them have just a small amount, while others have it playing a lead role. Ask for the wines at your favorite merchant or contact the wineries directly.