Syrah flourishes as Washington wine industry’s secret weapon

By on October 24, 2017

Cedar River Cellars 2014 Bella Bella Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

A proud product of Oregon State University’s food science program, Micah Nasarow is using grapes from Eastern Washington to help create a wine culture in Seattle suburb of Renton. His focus here is Burgess Vineyard in Pasco, and one might think he pulled from The Rocks District with its savory and earthy nose of charcuterie, tapénade and toast after 20 months in a pair of neutral French barrels. There are rewarding flavors of black currant and boysenberry that swirl in plush tannins that lead out with a melange of fennel, ansie and mincemeat spices. Look for the Cedar River wines at the Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar at the Bellevue Westin and in Renton at All Things Wine, The Wine Alley, Top of the Hill and the winery.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 45 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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