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William Marie Wines 2016 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25
Hospitality professionals Edward William Lefferts and Monique Marie Lefferts moved from the Valley of the Sun in 2010 to become a part of the Northwest wine industry. They work and make their wine in the Rose City while residing across the Columbia River in Camas, Wash. However, their passion seems focused on polished reds from Washington’s Columbia Valley. These three barrels of juice from neutral French oak came off Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. The results off Block 66 JK are fruit-filled, gathering up aromas of cherry pie filling and plums with mulling spices and fresh leather. There’s further reward on the palate as dark cherry and pluminess are met by resolved tannins and lingering pulse of Marionberry juice and baking spices. Their wines are available at Portland merchants such as Oregon Wines on Broadway, Park Avenue Fine Wines and Liner and Elsen, and they can be spotted at several of PDX’s top restaurants, including both Ringside locations downtown.
Production: 75 cases