Still young, grapey and deep purple in color, this effusive Syrah opens with scents of violets and tart berries. It bounces into a tangle of berry and bright, high-acid fruits, also tasting a little briny and hinting at gamy smoked meat flavors that are waiting to blossom with a bit more bottle age. Vineyard sources are Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Les Collines.
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.