Barrister 2005 Bacchus Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

It's hard to resist this potent and punchy wine, which assaults the palate with roasted, smoky, toasted oak flavors of coffee and baking chocolate, with a firm underpinning of acid and tart cherry fruit. The oak and tannins are forward and dominant, but awfully tasty, and the fruit is plenty ripe. The overall balance is threatened by the high alcohol, which comes in close to 15% and leaves some serious heat in the back of the throat. Paul Gregutt

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