Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Balboa Winery 2014 Pandemonium Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $55

The winemaking team of Tyler Grennan and co-owner Tom Glase developed a perfumy Syrah using the Glase family’s Eidolon Estate Vineyard in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater and a contribution from Summit View Vineyard, another underrated Syrah site in Oregon and adjacent to famed Seven Hills Vineyard. Alluring aromas of fresh-baked brownie, blue fruit and cedar lead to remarkable density on the palate with blueberry syrup, bittersweet chocolate, tamed tannins and ripe pomegranate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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