The dry-farmed Yellow Bird Vineyard along Mill Creek Road, one of a number of sites in the Walla Walla Valley managed by Ken Hart, set the stage for Joshua West’s stellar Syrah which delivered him his first career Platinum. It offers a basketful of fresh berries in a pure expression of fruit, joined by notes of spice box and cured meat. A vanilla cream aspect to the structure provides an elegant mouthfeel, joined by an underlay of menthol. Award: Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 98 points
Production: 700 cases