This is straightforward Syrah, tannic and dusty. The fruit suggests black cherry and the barrels bring in licorice, there is an underlying earthiness to the mouthfeel as well. But the overall impression is one dimensional, without the sweetness of California fruit or the funk of Washington Syrah.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.