The Magnifique is Dacon's top Syrah, a barrel selection from the French oak-aged side of the winery. It's 98% Syrah, with a splash of Viognier, and indeed it shows a bit more fruit-driven power than the Belle. Blackberry, black cherry and a good lift from streaks of citrus mitigate the overpowering barrel flavors; there's also plenty of fresh acid to provide extra thrust on lift-off. Firm and tannic, with a hint of minerality; this is the winery's best effort to date.
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.