Echolands Winery 2018 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $38

By on February 9, 2021
echolands winery les collines vineyard syrah 2018 bottle - Echolands Winery 2018 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $38

As the latest “Rhône Ranger” to ride into the Pacific Northwest, Doug Frost is the latest Master of Wine to set up shop in the Walla Walla Valley and create a serious cool-climate example of Syrah that offers a bit of crunch, sans the funk. An attractive nose of blueberry, lavender, mint and marshmallow includes a dash of white pepper. More purple fruit comes through on the palate — Marionberry pie, boysenberry and more blueberry — as the inclusion of stems (75%) at fermentation brings a subtle sense of the “nervier” tannin structure that Frost says he desires. And the pomegranate juice in the finish takes the food-friendly approach to another level. Frost harvested this McKibben-controlled site early than most in the first attempt at this style for his new brand, and resident winemaker Taylor Oswald helped to achieve a standard going forward.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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