Syrah leads Northwest’s Rhône revolution

By on September 11, 2016

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $37

lecole-no.-41-seven-hills-vineyard-syrah-2013-bottleThe team from the little schoolhouse west of Walla Walla made a two-day field trip on Sept. 16-17 to pick this lot from 230-acre Seven Hills Vineyard in Oregon. Four rackings over 18 months from a barrel program that included 40% new casks produced blackberry taffy, dusty minerality, black pepper and earthiness. Inside, there’s a tasty ride with dried blueberry and Marionberry flavors, backed by pomegranate acidity, tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds and a pinch of black pepper.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,040 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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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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