This is winemaker Chris Peterson's (Avennia) debut wine with this project. Despite the red-wine label, it's almost all Syrah with just pinches of Viognier (2%) and Roussanne (1%). It opens with aromas of dark fruit, incense, barrel spice and orange peel that lead to palate-coating, exuberant cherry flavors that carry on the finish. Far from a big bruiser, it's more about finesse and detail, though it shows plenty of depth.
In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, a site dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest that has twice been named ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ by the Wine Blog Awards. Sullivan has authored over 100 print articles on Northwest wine. He resides in Seattle, Washington.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.