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Lobo Hills Wine Co. 2014 Spilya Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $30
Northwest Wine Academy product Tony Dollar produces multiple vineyard-designate Syrahs, and he’s been working with Larry Pearson’s Spilya Vineyard for several vintages. While Pearson’s claim to fame is his estate Tapteil Vineyard on Red Mountain, Spilya is just a cluster toss outside the American Viticultural Area’s boundary. And yet, this Syrah still reflects the power of Red Mountain. It offers gorgeous Syrah aromas of blackberry and blueberry, backed by clove and nutmeg from the 30% new French oak Saury medium-plus barrels. Those tones carry onto the palate where the structure is sinewy, juicy and cellar-worthy. In the meantime, enjoy with a well-marbled steak or pork ribs.
Production: 121 cases