Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

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.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 460 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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