A handful of Willamette Valley wineries grow Syrah, pushing the grape to an earthy, herbal style, amplified here by the cool 2011 vintage. Tart berry, leaf and herb combine in a tight, tannic midpalate. There are interesting highlights of orange peel as well, and a lingering, subtle finish.
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.