Dusted Valley Vintners 2016 Stained Tooth Syrah, Columbia Valley $36

By on August 30, 2019

Legend has it that Dusted Valley Vintners winemaker Chad Johnson’s father, a dentist, subscribes to the notion that “Life is too short to stain your teeth on cheap wine.” Well, there are many Syrahs that are more expensive that the Stained Tooth, but few are its equal. And it starts with two prized sites – StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and the Stoney Vine Vineyard that the Johnson and Braunel families established in The Rocks. Aromas are reminiscent of a Belgian waffle with raspberry sauce, as well as dried currant, crushed dried herbs and elegant minerality. And it’s a toothsome sip with concentrate plum, fine-grained espresso tannins and a finish of blueberry seed and dark chocolate. Suggested pairings include Grilled Salmon with Red Wine Lentils, a recipe developed by chef Janis Frey.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 400 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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