Sparkman Cellars 2013 Darkness Syrah, Yakima Valley, $62

By on June 26, 2017

Christian Sparkman shines here with cool-climate Syrah, once again reaching into two of the state’s top sites for seemingly any variety – Boushey and Olsen Brothers. Perhaps no other winemaker shares as much insight into his winemaking practices, going well beyond the blending breakdown (70/30), harvest dates (Oct. 15/Oct. 16) and oak program (50% new) of Dargaud and Jaegle. Boushey leads the way and reaches nearly 1,400 feet in elevation, helping to create the platform for a bright purple rather than dark plum approach. Blueberry and pomegranate tones, along with milk chocolate and vanilla barrel notes, gives it a dusty and racy profile that opens the door to lamb or Eggplant Parmesan.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 234 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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