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Saviah Cellars 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $32
One of the Northwest’s most-decorated expressions of Syrah brings a delightfully complex nose that prompts the question, “Wait, what IS that?” Well, Richard Funk’s vineyard sources at Saviah Cellars help answer that, an array that includes his own Funk Estate and Watermill in the very cobbly loam soil within the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as well as Anna Marie. This one requires a bit of time, evaluating with your eyes closed, to pick out all of the earthy aromas, bold fruit and a touch of thyme. The palate is a tour of blackberry, chocolate, hay and cured meats with a finish of pepper. A part of Funk’s Classic Collection lineup, this bottling has earned gold medals at several major Northwest wine competition this year, including the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition in June and this fall’s Great Northwest Invitational.
Production: 460 cases