Syrah flourishes as Washington wine industry’s secret weapon

By on October 24, 2017

Airfield Estates 2014 Syrah, Yakima Valley, $18

Of the more than 20 varieties grown across the Miller family’s 800+ acres in the foothills of Washington’s Rattlesnake Mountain, Syrah is among the standouts year-in and year-out, including the 2014 vintage. The 15 months in oak barrels helps account for jammy aromas of blueberry and cherry compote on toast, backed by a whiff of gaminess. They lead to flavors of plum and pomegranate, backed by dark chocolate and raspberry juice.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,393 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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