Saviah Cellars 2017 The Jack Syrah, Columbia Valley, $18

By on August 13, 2019

Richard Funk could have labeled this Syrah under his bargain program known as “The Jack,” as a GSM. It is made up of Syrah (81%), Grenache (10%) and Mourvèdre sourced from nearly a dozen vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. The list includes stalwarts such as Elephant Mountain, Pepper Bridge and Stillwater Creek. Plums, blackberries and cured meat lace its aromas, then show up as more black and blue plums, blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrant in its jammy mouth feel. A touch of earth and black tea tannins conclude its finish. A grilled ribeye or Beef Bourguignon would pair up nicely. The 2017 vintage signaled the third consecutive year in which Funk’s Syrah program under The Jack brand has earned at least a gold medal at the Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 3,012 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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