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Reininger Winery 2015 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $52
Last year, Chuck Reininger and his family celebrated the 20th anniversary of his eponymous winery in the Walla Walla Valley, and key components to the success during those first two decades were relationships with Norm McKibben’s Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Both came together for the 2015 Syrah, which seems on the similar track as the 2013 vintage that topped U.S. entries into the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards judging in London. There’s inviting bigness to the aromas of warm chocolate, blackberry and blueberry, which includes hints of leather and squid ink. Those black and blue fruit tones hit the tongue with jammy and juiciness that’s backed by slaty plum-skin tannins. The finish of French roast coffee makes for a long and compelling finish. This wine is available at the winery in Walla Walla, the Helix by Reininger tasting room in Spokane and via distributors in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Production: 346 cases