Washington Syrah continues to grow in popularity

By on April 16, 2017

Sparkman Cellars 2013 Ruckus Syrah, Red Mountain, $52

Woodinville vintner Christian Sparkman deepens his reputation with Ruckus, a Côte Rôtie-style of Syrah he began courting in 2006. The focus is on Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain with Boushey Vineyard contributing the Viognier (8%). Despite being 25 miles apart, both sites were harvested the same day — Sept. 13 — and Sparkman’s program of 33% new French oak makes for enticing aromas of caramel corn with sweet plums, leather, cocoa and toast. Its structure is suave as Marionberry and blueberry flavors are framed by fine-grained tannins and polished by a layer of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Sparkman operates two Woodinville tasting rooms — the Warehouse District and at the base of Hollywood Hills.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 421 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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