This is the sixth or seventh vintage of their Syrah, and it hits the palate with tangy, tart red berry fruit. The spice and pepper suggest Syrah; otherwise it is a dead ringer for Dry Creek Zin. The blend includes about 8% Grenache, which adds to the forward fruit intensity. But it's not just fresh and forward and fruity, it is also balanced and lingers into a chocolatey farewell. —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: firstname.lastname@example.org.