Syrah flourishes as Washington wine industry’s secret weapon

By on October 24, 2017

Northwest Cellars 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

This Syrah marked the start of three successive warm vintages in Washington’s Columbia Valley, and Kirkland vintner Robert Delf has dialed in Spofford Station and 10-year-old Tasawik Vineyard, a pair of Walla Walla County sites, for this smooth Syrah. Ripe plum, dark cherry, elderberry, smoked meat and horehound fill the nose. The pour brings blackberry and cherry juice flavors as soft tannins and a blueberry finish make this quite a quaffer and far from ponderous.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 195 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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