It's a fine effort, with classic Washington Syrah character. Berry, funk, mushroom, and spicy herb dominate, with plenty of juicy acidity and the structure to unwind as it cellars. Still tight and tannic, this is a wine to decant or, better yet, wait a few years before opening.
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.