Syrah flourishes as Washington wine industry’s secret weapon

By on October 24, 2017

Burnt Bridge Cellars 2014 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the northern reaches of the Horse Heaven Hills is a veritable bread basket for a growing number of winemakers on both sides of the Cascades and the Columbia River, and Burnt Bridge Cellars in Vancouver, Wash., used Mike Andrews’ former cattle ranch to create a hedonistic and juicy Syrah. Barrel aromas of vanilla are joined by blueberry, violets, leather, cherry tomato and charcoal. On the palate, it’s akin to spoonful of blueberry cobbler with a Graham Cracker crust. Resolved tannins and zingy boysenberry acidity combine to give it a light to medium body, and the finish includes drop of vanilla extract.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 88 cases

Alcohol: 15.8%

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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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