Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Three Rivers Winery 2014 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $39

Holly Turner stayed in the Walla Walla Valley hills for this Syrah from Salmon-Safe Minnick Hills Vineyard, which gets a remarkable boost from Petit Verdot (7%) off Seven Hills. The nose offers dense aromas of blackberry, sweet blueberry and cocoa beans, which lead to delicious and dusty flavors of more purple fruit, backed by a lick of cherry candy, light tannins and a long and juicy finish of blueberry. Suggested pairings include pan-seared venison or bison tenderloin with roasted root vegetables served with Cumberland Sauce.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 143 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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