The second Sandidge Syrah is a thick, spicy wine, with ultraripe, even jammy fruit. Power takes the place of purity; there is a distinct earthiness, and more than a whiff of barnyard. Tannins are tough and chewy, but what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in big flavor. 474 cases made. —P.G.
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: email@example.com.