As with the Ciel bottling, this is pure Syrah from a single vineyard. As usual, the Boushey is more forward and opulent and this vintage is packed with flavors and scents of smoked meat, herb, red fruits and chocolate. Despite its heft it remains precise, focused and beautifully defined. No blast of new oak; it's got wonderful balance.
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.