Amavi Cellars 2014 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $41
Norm McKibben and Jean François-Pellet created Amavi Cellars in 2001 to showcase grape varieties beyond those from Bordeaux that dominate their illustrious Pepper Bridge brand. Naturally, Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley is a centerpiece to Amavi, and sustainably farmed Les Collines ranks as one of the highest elevation vineyards in the region. As a result, wines from this 240-acre site offer more structure than many. A program of 25% new French oak allows for rich aromas of brownie mix and black cherry with blueberries and moist earth. There’s pleasing grip on the palate as Marionberry and cola flavors are joined by a nip of blueberry seed. Enjoy with braised ribs, steak, cassoulet or grilled portabella.
Production: 377 cases