This is drinking quite young, with tannins that are showing strong flavors of green tea, stem and some rough spots. But apart from that little bit of jaggedness in the finish, this is really good stuff, spicy and streaked with white pepper and green herb. The slightly bitter citrusy finish is characteristic of Columbia Valley Syrah.
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.