The Benson family farms 30 picturesque acres of vines overlooking the north shore of Lake Chelan, and Syrah has been a focus among the 11 varieties they established in 2002. The winemaking reins have been handed to Jared McGuffin, and his work led to a pair of Platinums in 2021, including this sumptuous fortified Syrah that’s redolent of rich plum sauce and blackberry, along with clove, nutmeg, earthiness and a finale of burnt caramel. Awards: North Central Washington (best of class/gold).
Rating: Platinum, 93 points
Production: 350 cases