This is a northern Rhône style, tight, bright, and quite meaty. Along with the pure flavors of 100% Syrah fruit, it brings the tart, citrusy acids that can elevate the mouthfeel, giving it what the Australians call ‘lift.' There's backbone here in the form of acids and a tight spine, and you get the feeling that although it's a 2002, this wine is still wrapped up in its youthful shell.
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.