As Washington-grown Syrah takes the national spotlight, this entry from Gamache should be on everyone's radar. It's a very well-made example of the classic Washington style, with a bright mix of berry, composted earth, licorice and black tea, backed with citrusy acids. Moderate in density, despite relatively high alcohol, it's good for drinking over the next five years.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.