Love That Red Winery 2015 Deadheat Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32
Woodinville vintner Terry Wells draws some great positioning at the starting gate for this round yet full Syrah with bloodlines of Milbrandts’ Clifton Hill Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Olsen Brothers Vineyard in the Yakima Valley near Prosser. All four of the oak barrels were French, with one of them brand new, and the wood treatment shows balance, allowing for aromas of dark blue fruit, toast and white pepper. Inside, it’s plummy, cherry and chocolaty as blueberry skin tannins merely provide some context for a long ride to the finish. These wines are available for tasting on weekends in the Warehouse District, and they can be enjoyed with Tacos Carnitas at nearby Village Wines.
Production: 98 cases