A soft and spicy Syrah, with the defining Wahluke appellation characteristic of citrus, here expressed as a flavor of bitter rind. The grapefruity note is persistent, perhaps due to 11% Viognier co-fermentation. The wine at this stage seems to be disconnected from itself; the two grapes are competing rather than blending. The Syrah, smoky and peppery, may reassert itself with a bit more bottle age.
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.